Giraffe and Friends

Coming in 2022!

Giraffe Building Renderings

It’s All About Giraffes!
Born in 1970 at the Topeka Zoo, Sunflower was the first giraffe born in Kansas. The same building where Sunflower was born still houses the giraffe herd at the Topeka Zoo today. By all accounts, the 1966 building that houses the giraffe is out of date and no longer meets space standards. After considering renovating their current facility, it was determined that building a new facility in an undeveloped area of the zoo would be more cost-effective.

The new animal barns will provide modern amenities for the health and well-being of our giraffe and friends, including a giant indoor giraffe playroom, maternity room, training suite, and both an indoor and outdoor feeding platform for the guests to get up close and personal with the giraffe.

Construction has now begun on an $8M project that will create a new giraffe facility and a barn for antelope and gazelles within a three-acre habitat. This habitat will interact with an African safari-themed project that opened in 2018 called Camp Cowabunga.

 

PROJECT BUDGET - $8,000,000

Administrative & Legal                 $334,209

Architectural                                  $685,087

Construction                                  $5,798,351

Contingency                                  $752,830

mom and newborn baby giraffe at Topeka Zoo
Giraffe SE view render

When completed, the Giraffe and Friends multispecies exhibit will join 25 other structures on the Zoo's 34 developed acres.

The exhibit will serve as the year-round home to Reticulated Giraffe, Lesser Kudu, Ostrich, Bontebok, Grey Crowned Crane, Kirk's Dik-Dik, and Thomson’s Gazelle.

The animals will also have an outdoor habitat that will wrap around Camp Cowabunga completing the immersive safari experience. The animal’s indoor space will have state-of-the-art features in both barns.

The new animal barns will provide modern amenities for the health and well-being of our giraffe and friends, including a giant indoor giraffe playroom, maternity room, training suite, and both an indoor and outdoor feeding platform for the guests to get up close and personal with the giraffe.

Help create this new home for Giraffe and Friends!

 Leave your mark on the path to the new experience!

rendering of Topeka Zoo new giraffe exhibit

For more information on our current Capital Campaign and ways you
and/or your organization can get involved please contact
Jannett Wiens | jwiens@topekazoo.org | 785-368-9148