Topeka Zoological Park
Located in the heart of Gage Park, the Topeka Zoo has been a favorite destination for kids and adults alike since the 1930s. Today, our Zoo features more than 380 animals amidst acres of native horticulture. As you enter the Zoo, your passport to adventure will take you on a journey to innovative animal exhibits – you can go on safari in Lion’s Pride … enjoy the beautiful foliage of the tropics in the Tropical Rainforest … and interact with domestic animals in the popular Children’s Zoo.
In 1899, the Gage Family donated 80 acres of land to the City of Topeka to be used as a public park for the citizens of Topeka. Today, Gage Park includes playgrounds, a swimming pool, fishing lake, mini train, rose garden, carousel and the Topeka Zoo.
The first animal exhibits were constructed in Gage Park in 1933. Additional exhibits were built during the 1950s and 1960s. And, in 1963, the city’s first Zoo Director was hired. The Zoo’s first major facility was constructed in 1966, under the leadership of long-time Zoo Director Gary K. Clarke, to house large mammals. Clarke’s legacy went on to include many of the exhibits enjoyed today by Zoo visitors, including the Tropical Rainforest, Discovering Apes, Gorilla Encounter and Lion’s Pride.
The Topeka Zoo is accredited by the American Zoo & Aquarium Association, which assures excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things. The Zoo exists to strengthen the bond between people and the living earth by providing visitors with opportunities to:
* Learn more about the natural world;
* Increase scientific knowledge that benefits conservation
* Support conservation of endangered animal populations and their habitat;
* Participate actively in improving the quality of life in Kansas.
Topeka Zoological Park is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media