Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The director of the Topeka Zoo says the zoo is considering four different options for continuing its elephant program.
Critics have been pressuring the zoo to send its two aging elephants to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.
But zoo director Brendan Wiley told the city council Tuesday consultants are working with zoo officials to determine the best way to continue the elephant program.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the four options are: continuing the current program, adding one elephant to maintain the program for 10 to 15 years, replacing the current elephants or making a long-term commitment and significantly expanding the program.
City manager Jim Colson said he expects a decision on the elephant program's future to be made by the end of the month.