Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center Names Fawn Moser Interim CEO

The Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Fawn Moser as the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following the departure of Brendan Wiley. Ms. Moser, who has been a dedicated employee of the Topeka Zoo for nearly four decades, will lead the organization during this transitional period. 

Brendan Wiley, who will be departing as CEO on November 10, 2023, made significant contributions to the Topeka Zoo during his tenure. The Topeka Zoo extends its sincere gratitude to Brendan for his dedicated service and wishes him success at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. 

With her extensive experience in zoo management and animal care, Ms. Moser is well-prepared to take on the role of interim CEO. Her passion for the Topeka Zoo is unparalleled and her commitment to the welfare of the animals in the zoo’s care has been evident throughout her distinguished career. As interim CEO, Ms. Moser will focus on continuing the Topeka Zoo’s mission of enriching our community through wildlife conservation and education. 

“Fawn has been an integral part in the zoo’s recent achievements and will provide strong leadership during this transition,” said Fred Patton, Board President of the Topeka Zoo. “We thank Brendan Wiley for his dedication and look forward to working with Canopy Strategic Partners to find a permanent CEO who will continue to build upon the zoo’s successes.” 

The search for a permanent CEO is underway, and Canopy Strategic Partners, a leading executive search firm, has been engaged to manage the selection process. Canopy Strategic Partners is working closely with the Topeka Zoo’s Board of Directors to identify the best candidate to lead the organization into the future. 

Fawn Moser’s appointment as interim CEO is effective at 5 pm on November 10, 2023. She will work closely with the zoo’s devoted staff and volunteers, committed community partners, and dedicated board of directors to ensure the zoo’s continued success during this transitional period.  


For media inquiries or additional information, please contact Fred Patton, Board President, at 785-969-0096 or [email protected]

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