Zoo director gives inside look at safety features for carnivore exhibit


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – After a tiger attacked a Topeka zookeeper, an internal investigation is underway.

KSN sister-station in Topeka KSNT got an inside look at the safety measures used for the carnivore exhibts.

Behind the exhibit, you will find double sets of locks, metal walls, and several doors to keep employees safe.

The staff says they have several doors in place to close off areas in case an animal escapes. There are a number of mirrors so workers can look down corners.

According to the Zoo Director Brendan Wiley, there are a number of safety measures workers must pass before they are able to enter the building.

“This glass is actually designed to break away, leaving a panel here through these openings that if there was a cat on the other side, we could use a tranquilizer gun, if needed, to immobilize that animal,” Wiley said.

Wiley says these measures are similar for all of the zoo’s carninore animal exhibits.

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