News release from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo:
Miniature Donkey Foal born today at the Zoo
A miniature donkey foal was born this morning at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in the Indiana Family Farm.
The female foal appears strong and healthy, and is already standing, walking, and nursing. She has even attempted tiny bursts of running in her stall.
The foal can be seen by zoo guests in the big red barn at the Indiana family Farm. The foal is housed with her mother, Naomi, and grandmother, Esther.
Miniature donkeys originated on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, and were brought ho the United States in 1929. Since then, they have become popular as companion animals. The zoo has exhibited miniature donkeys since 2001.
About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 500,000 guests annually. The zoo was voted Indiana’s #1 “Gotta-Do Summer Attraction” in 2012 and is consistently named one of the nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids by national media outlets.
As a self-supporting facility, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo receives no tax dollars for operations. The zoo’s operations are funded by earned revenue and donations.
The zoo is open April 21-October 14, 2012. Admission is $13.50 for adults; $10.50 for seniors age 60+; and $8.50 for children ages 2-14. Babies age 1 and under and Zoo Society Members are admitted free.