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USDA identifies only minor issues at Topeka Zoo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Topeka officials say a two-day inspection of the city zoo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed only two minor problems.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Topeka officials say a two-day inspection of the city zoo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed only two minor problems.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the inspection completed Thursday found rust on bolts in an outdoor orangutan exhibit and a rotted board in an area temporarily housing two coyotes.

City officials said the inspectors reported being pleased by improvements in the Topeka Zoo's gorilla and elephant programs and complimented the staff on animal care.

Between 2001 and 2012, the zoo struggled to maintain accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Also, in January, the city agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty to settle a USDA complaint alleging dozens of rule violations dating from 2006.


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