Topeka Zoo Will Unveil World Renown Expert To City Council

Tembo and Sunda at the Topeka Zoo
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The future for the Topeka Zoo's pair of geriatric elephants could be decided by the month's end.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley says Tuesday October 16th he will introduce world renown elephant expert Alan Roocroft to the city council.

Roocroft was hired by the zoo to evaluate the elephant program, and will update the council with his initial observations.

The Topeka City Council has also added discussion and possible action regarding continuation or termination of the Topeka Zoo elephant program to it's October 23rd agenda.

Zoo officials say multiple factors will contribute to the final decision

Wiley said "First we will look at what is best for the elephants, second, what is best for the community and then third, what does the future of the zoo look like? Our governing body gets alot of feedback not just from Topeka but from the entire world so this was just a great time for a unique opportunity.

Since the elephants are considered elderly, Sunda, 52 years old and Tembo 42 years old, the city is trying to determine whether to keep the elephants in captivity or release them to a sanctuary.