TOPEKA -- The Topeka Zoo recently opened a new exhibit featuring African Wild Dogs and thanks to the Security Benefit Group, all three dogs are enjoying their new home. However, the dogs are without names and this is where The Topeka Zoo is reaching out to elementary schools for help.
Students in area elementary schools are asked to work together as a class and submit one name of African origin for one of the African Wild Dogs. Teachers will also have the option to use this contest to create a lesson plan. The Education office can provide more information about the animals. This contest is intended to be both fun and educational!
The winners of the contest will receive a free "ZOO 2 U" educational program provided by the Zoo's Education Curator, Dennis Dinwiddie. He will visit the classroom of the contest winners, bringing live animals and sharing interesting facts and stories about the animals living at the Zoo.
The rules of the contest are listed on the zoo's web site at http://topekazoo.org/dognaming/. This is also where entries will need to be submitted.
Deadline for submissions is October 14. For questions regarding the contest, rules or the ZOO 2U Program, please call Dennis Dinwiddie at (785) 368-9134.
The zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m with the last gate entry at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.75 for adults, $4.75 for senior citizens and $4.25 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under as well as Friends of the Topeka Zoo members are free.