Topeka Zoo Hopes To Take On World-Class Feeling

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Residents got a first hand look at the future of the Topeka Zoo Wednesday evening.

Zoo leaders and Friends of the Topeka Zoo hosted a public meeting Wednesday to share a draft of the new master plan.

An artist rendering shows a larger elephant area, moving the giraffes to a larger space at the back of the zoo and a new entrance, with animals more prominently visible.

"Some of the images that we're showing tonight show a great opportunity for the future of this place and the creativity that's gone into the world class feeling, bringing back that sensation that this city, this community is worthy of having a world famous zoo back in its home," said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley.

The draft also suggests reorganizing the zoo into zones for African, Asian and North American animals.

After the meeting, guests got to tour the zoo's elephant barn.