Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

About Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

Mission Statement – The mission of the Topeka Zoological Park is to enrich the community through wildlife conservation and education.

Vision Statement – We believe what we do changes the world. Every choice we make saves the planet.

In 1899, the Gage Family donated 80 acres of land to the City of Topeka to be used as a public park for the citizens of Topeka. Today, Gage Park includes playgrounds, a swimming pool, fishing lake, mini train, rose garden, carousel and the Topeka Zoo.

The first animal exhibits were constructed in Gage Park in 1933. Additional exhibits were built during the 1950s and 1960s. And, in 1963, the city’s first Zoo Director was hired. The Zoo’s first major facility was constructed in 1966, under the leadership of long-time Zoo Director Gary K. Clarke, to house large mammals. Clarke’s legacy went on to include many of the exhibits enjoyed today by Zoo visitors, including the Tropical Rainforest, Discovering Apes, Gorilla Encounter and Lion’s Pride.

The Topeka Zoo is accredited by the American Zoo & Aquarium Association, which assures excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things. The Zoo exists to strengthen the bond between people and the living earth by providing visitors with opportunities to:

Learn more about the natural world;
Increase scientific knowledge that benefits conservation
Support conservation of endangered animal populations and their habitat;
Participate actively in improving the quality of life in Kansas.


General Animal Care Intern

June 2020 - August 2020 Topeka, KS
“I loved being able to interact with all of the animals of the zoo. Most zoo internships require that you focus on one area, but this internship allowed me to experience everything. I loved getting to observe training, help with painting, as well as getting to just interact with all of these amazing exotic animals up close. There were also weekly internship seminars about everything zoo, which allowed for more education based experience throughout the whole internship. I also loved getting to create an enrichment project for Hoho the Malaysian Sun Bear.”

Animal Care Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 Topeka, KS
“I loved knowing what it’s like in the actual field. With interning I fell in love and I know I choose the right career path for myself. ”
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