TOPEKA -- Thanks to dozens of local elementary schools, the Topeka Zoo's three African Wild Dogs will soon be named. More than 30 potential names were submitted as part of a naming contest announced earlier this month.
Out of the many names submitted, zoo staff selected five finalists.
The five names are on display near the Security Benefit Wild Dog exhibit. All zoo visitors can vote for their favorite names by making a monetary donation at the voting display. The three names raising the most money will be announced as the winners on October 30. All donations will be used toward extended conservation efforts at the Topeka Zoo.
The contest was open to all elementary school classes in the Topeka and Shawnee County area. Students were asked to work together as a class and decide on a name of African origin that they thought best fit an African Wild Dog.
The Topeka Zoo thanks all the schools that participated in the contest.
Auburn Elementary, Berryton Elementary, Christ the King Elementary, Elmont Elementary, Farley Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, Logan Elementary, Lowman Hill Elementary, McClure Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Quincy Elementary, Rochester Elementary, St. Matthew Catholic School, Scott Computer Technology Magnet, Shaner Elementary, Shawnee Heights Elementary, Silver Lake Elementary, Topeka Collegiate School, West Indianola Elementary and Whitson Elementary.
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.