Topeka Zoo Inspected

By: Stephanie Ramos-Tomeoni Email
By: Stephanie Ramos-Tomeoni Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A team from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is in town deciding whether the Topeka zoo will lose its accreditation.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums wrapped up inspection of the Topeka Zoo Monday night.

In March of 2009, they gave zoo officials a time frame to convince them the facility should keep its accreditation.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley tells 13 News it will be three to four weeks before he has their report, but he already knows the zoo needs to fix a perimeter fence. They're working to bring a budget for the project to the Topeka City Council.

He says they also talked a lot about communication and long-term maintenance.

Violations in a 2009 inspection prompted the AZA last spring to give the Topeka Zoo a year to make changes, or risk losing accreditation.

Accredited zoos are typically on a 5 year inspection cycle which for the Topeka Zoo would have been in 2007; the next being in 2012, but because of violations found in an early 2009 inspection they were given a time line to correct the issues, or they'd lose their accreditation.

The AZA inspection evaluates facilities, environment animals live in as well as policy and procedure issues.

The AZA team will meet again this March to decide whether to continue to accredit the Topeka zoo.

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