Zoo Pushes Ahead In Rainforest, Evaluating Elephants

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Renovations on the Topeka Zoo's rain forest exhibit are on pace to finish for a Memorial Day debut.

Members of the media were invited to the zoo Monday for a progress report. Zoo director Brenden Wiley says about 100 animals that live in the rain forest have been moved to a back holding area while crews replace outdated panels of the rain forest dome.

It's expected to reopen to the public on Memorial Day.

Wiley also answered questions about the zoo's elephant exhibit. Wiley says zoo officials are still evaluating the situation and will make a decision by late spring.

NEW AZA guidelines require zoos to have at least three elephants, all of the same species. The Topeka Zoo currently has two elephants of different species.

Wiley says whatever decision zoo officials make, the zoo is committed to elephant conservation opportunities.

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