Topeka Zoo accepting used Christmas trees to benefit animals


The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center will be accepting used live Christmas trees this year beginning as early as December 26.

It is as easy as dropping the tree off at the same location as last year, on the south east side of Gage Park, just east of the horseshoe court parking lot inside Gage Park. 

When entering Gage Park from the 10th St. entrance, take your first right on Munn Memorial Drive heading north west.  Look for the orange snow fence and place your tree in the grass, behind the “trees here sign”. 

“There is no need to make an appointment,” said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley. “We’ll find them and get them to the animals that can use them.” 

For the safety of the animals, in order for the trees to be able to be used by the zoo animals, the trees need to be free of ornaments, hooks, tinsel, tree stands and not in plastic bags. 

“This allows the trees to be used beyond the holiday season,” said Wiley.  “Animals that benefit from them include lions, tigers, owls, mountain lions, giraffes, black bears, painted dogs and many others.” 

Once the animals have had plenty of fun with the varieties of conifers donated, they will be ground up through a chipper and made into mulch for continued reuse.