• Roar and Pour Wine Fest

    Mark your calendars and buy tickets now for this new adults-only 21 and over fundraising event on April 29, 2017! This event will feature samplings of a variety of wines from local and national wineries, live entertainment, and a souvenir wine glass. VIP and general tickets available. Click on read more below for details.
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  • Registration is Open!

    Our camps are for kids ages 6-12 and are full of activities and learning. Click the Read More button below to view all of the camp themes for 2017. Registration is now open!
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  • Photography Contest 2017

    With more than 300 animals, your Topeka Zoo is a photographer’s paradise! From wild animals to the colorful landscape, choices abound for that perfect picture. Now, you can showcase your talents by submitting your favorite photo in the Friends of the Topeka Zoo Photography Contest! Take Your Best Shot and support your Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center! Entries are due by Aug. 1. See our website for rules and submission options.
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Do you love animals and the natural world? Do you want to help instill that curiosity and passion in our zoo guests? Apply to be a zoo docent today!

Zoo Docents are volunteer educators and guides who provide interpretation and exciting, hands-on experiences around your Topeka Zoo. As such, this group of volunteers receives a more in depth and specialized training than our other volunteers. At the end of initial training, docents are uniquely experienced in the various parts of the zoo and become part of our effort to change the world.

The duties our docents perform are as varied as those performing them. They operate Discovery Stations around the zoo, talk with guests about animals that live at the zoo, handle education animals to provide up-close experiences, guide our guests through the zoo, and more.

If you love animals, love learning, if you enjoy talking to people, and if you’re looking for a unique and rewarding volunteer experience, you’re in the right place!

Learn more or sign up today by clicking here or call Dennis Dinwiddie at 785-368-9134

The next Topeka Zoo Docent Training Academy occurs during the week of March 13-17, 2017.

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Event Details

Mark your calendars and buy tickets now for this new adults-only 21 and over event on April 29, 2017!

This adults-only event will feature samplings of a variety of wines from local and national wineries, live entertainment, and a souvenir wine glass.

Ticket prices:
General Entry – In Advance: $40 | Day of Event: $45
VIP Tickets: $70 (limited number available)
Designated Driver Tickets: $20
Tickets include: general admission to the Topeka Zoo, a complimentary souvenir wine glass, free wine tastings from a variety of local and national wineries, appetizers and desserts from local restaurants participating in this event, complimentary water, and live entertainment.
A limited number of VIP tickets include early entry to the event and access to a VIP reception that will feature hors d’oeuvres and samplings of premium wines only available to VIP guests.


This fundraiser will raise funds for Friends of the Topeka Zoo to use to support the Topeka Zoo’s education programs, conservation efforts, exhibit enhancement and more!  Watch for more details coming soon!

Sponsorship Information

Would you like to support this event that will raise funds to support the Topeka Zoo’s education programs, conservation efforts, exhibit enhancement, and more?

The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center is proud to offer an impressive line-up of special events like this throughout the year that provide an enhanced visitor experience as a special fundraising event for targeted audiences. These events provide excellent visibility for your company and demonstrate a strong commitment to the community and its residents. Join us in supporting the zoo’s mission by committing to a sponsorship today!

We are also looking for wineries and restaurants that want to participate in the event.  See each of our proposals below for details.

If you have questions about supporting or participating in this event, contact Shelby Revelle, FOTZ Fundraising/Development Specialist at 785.368.9133 or shelbyr@fotz.org.

Event Sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsors of this event.

Participating Restaurants


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