City manager asks for independent review of Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA | Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte says he wants an independent review of the Topeka Zoo after investigators said inadequate care contributed to several animal deaths in recent years.

Bonaparte says the review would include federal regulators, zoo accreditors and university veterinarians.

Zoo director Mike Coker said Thursday that he supports an independent review and the zoo would cooperate with investigators.

City spokesman David Bevens said Thursday the zoo is no longer employing veterinarian Shirley Llizo. She was heavily criticized in reports released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University.

Bevens would not elaborate on why Llizo's last day at the zoo was Thursday. The zoo will work with Kansas State University's veterinary staff to provide animal care.