Bad News for the Topeka Zoo

A September report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds the Topeka Zoo faulty of poor veterinary care and spotty record keeping after the death of several animals over the past two years including a hippo who suffered a fatal seizure at least partially due to overly hot (108 degrees) water in its pool. A separate report by veterinarians at Kansas State University called the hot water a “significant factor” in the 53-year-old hippo’s death.

Zoo officials have taken steps to implement new policies for record-keeping and animal care. The zoo has suffered multiple losses including a black leopard, a Pallas cat, a rabbit, an antelope, a mouse deer and three bats. Some of the animals were found to be severely infested with maggots.