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Traveling alligator exhibit coming to Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Topeka Zoo will host a traveling alligator exhibit beginning later this year.

Zoo director Brendan Wiley said at a news conference Thursday that the exhibit, called "Alligator Frenzy... A Bayou Adventure," will feature a rare, 7-foot-long Albino alligator, and a feeding lagoon with 40 juvenile American Alligators.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/XM4EN9 ) that the exhibit will be at the zoo from May 9 through September 30. Wiley says the zoo's general admission fee will include entry to the exhibit, though there will be additional fees for holding an alligator.

Wiley says alligators were nearly extinct in the U.S. by 1960, and soon afterward were put on the endangered species. The American Alligator made a strong comeback and now numbers nearly 3 million, most in Florida and Louisiana.