FROM THE TOPEKA ZOO -- If you haven't seen the African Penguins of Penguin Plunge at the Topeka Zoo, then you have just a few short weeks to do so. The Topeka Zoo has several upcoming events that are sure to get your tail feathers shaking!
Saturday, September 15th, is declared a Day Of Play At The Zoo for both visitors and the animals from 9:00am till 3:00 in the afternoon. Activities include a variety of inflatables for the kids and kids at heart to play on, giraffe feeding, and a watermelon lunch for the orangutans, elephants, hippos and more. During the day, the penguin zookeepers will be doing penguin keeper chats at 11:30 and 2:30 and penguin feeding at 10:00 and 3:00.
A "Penguin Send Off Party" will happen next Sunday, September 23, also from 9:00 to 3:00. From 9:00 to 1:00 the zoo will offer FREE pony rides. Penguin feedings and keeper chats will be be offered during the day and several of the zoos carnivores, including tigers, north American river otters, and bears, will be treated to fishcicles. At 10:00 a.m., guests can enjoy the ever popular Storytime with Kyler who will share stories and songs about animals at the zoo.
At 1:00 a puppet show presented by StoneLion Puppet Theatre will take place. The StoneLion puppeteers are Smithsonian Institute touring performers and will bring the magic of world class puppet shows right to the Topeka Zoo presenting their show "It's A Jungle Out There". The show is part of StoneLion's animal conservation series which has played since 1986 in zoos across the country.
The final event celebrating the penguins is ZOObilee. This annual fundraiser is the largest fundraiser for the year for Friends of the Topeka Zoo with this years theme being appropriately called "Party With The Penguins". The adults-only fundraiser features grazing stations, watering holes, live and silent auctions, animal encounters, and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 each and available by going to www.topekazoobilee.com
"This has been a tremendous year and the addition of the penguins has increased zoo attendance significantly" said Brendan Wiley, Zoo Director. "But we know there are still people that have not had the opportunity to make it out to the zoo and these events really offer something for everyone".
Wiley encourages the community to come out and enjoy these final weeks at the zoo before the penguins leave. The Topeka Zoo is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 with the last guest admission at 4:30. Zoo admission is $5.75 for adults, $4.75 for seniors, and $4.25 for children 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. As always, Friends of the Topeka Zoo members are FREE.