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USDA cites three violations at Topeka Zoo

November 21, 2010

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— Federal officials have cited the Topeka Zoo for three noncompliance issues.

Zoo director Brendan Wiley said Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the zoo for failing to ensure that all animals are observed daily and failing to provide sufficient separation between the public and the zoo’s Pallas cat enclosure. It was also cited for failing to ensure that outdoor housing facilities are enclosed by a sufficiently tall fence.

The citations were issued after an inspection last week.

The USDA said the zoo was noncompliant regarding the perimeter fence on May 10 and regarding a failure to provide sufficient separation on April 12. Those two issues were repeat violations, according to the report.

The citation for failing to observe daily stemmed from an incident in which a sloth was missing at the zoo for a week in September.

The inspection was the zoo's first since the USDA cited it with four noncompliance issues resulting from a routine inspection in July. The July inspection was the first during the tenure of Wiley, who became zoo director May 24.

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