Zoo Open Late On Thanksgiving

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Topeka Zoo wants to remind the public it will be open on Thanksgiving. Members of the community are encouraged to walk off some of their Thanksgiving feast and enjoy all the zoo has to offer. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

While at the zoo, guests are encouraged to experience ice skating for FREE at the Polar Ice Cap Skating Rink. The 2600-square foot ice rink, located under the Security Benefit Pavilion, is made of synthetic ice and a "greener" alternative to refrigerated ice. The surface, which doesn't require chilling and is more durable than ice, mimics the feel of ice in that traditional ice skates can be used on it. No skates? No problem! Ice skates are available and the zoo is waiving the skate rental during the month of November.

Guests can get a head start on their holiday shopping by shopping in the Leopard Spot Holiday Zootique. A variety of specialty gifts ranging from elephant paintings and Elepoo products to zoo memberships and animal adoptions are the perfect gift to give that special animal lover in your family.

From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. visitors can experience the zoo a whole different way as they stroll through the zoo in the dark. Guests are encouraged to bring their flashlights and take a self-guided tour of the zoo. During this time, some animals may not be available for viewing. As such, visitors will receive half price admission during this time.

As part of the evening activities, giraffe feeding will be offered at 7:00 p.m. For a $1 donation, guests can feed the giraffe lettuce. All proceeds from giraffe feeding go towards the zoo's conservation efforts.

The Topeka Zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with the last admission taken at 4:30. Admission is $5.75 for adults, $4.25 for children 3-12 years of age, and $4.75 for seniors 65+. Children 2 and under as well as members of the Friends of the Topeka Zoo are free.