The entrance features a mixed species animal exhibit with patas monkeys, guinea fowl and tortoises. The exhibit opens onto Dung Beetle Square, which displays a Land Rover sourced from South Africa, a hot air balloon basket and a canoe, all of which are modes of safari transportation.
The square also includes mosquito net tents, a three-sided safari loo, a bucket shower and a campfire circle. The exhibit is part of a larger plan that involves the zoo opening a tract of land for the elephants.
“Not everybody can afford to take that safari experience,” Wiley said. “But you can come here and get a taste of it. And I hope that they leave this experience having learned, not just about the safari experience, but about the animals I hope they have fun. There’s a lot of things built into this to simply make people smile and something that the Topeka community can be proud of.”