News releaseÂ from the TinCaps:
Zoo Night at Parkview Field set for August 29th
Zoo and TinCaps Team Up on Saturday
- Player jerseys feature Bill the lion
- Jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the zoo
- TinCaps players feed the penguins at 9:30 a.m.
(August 26, 2015) – Two of Fort Wayne’s top family attractions – the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – will team up to celebrate “Zoo Night at the TinCaps” on Saturday, August 29 at 7:05 p.m.
In honor of the zoo’s 50th Birthday season, TinCaps jerseys will feature the face of Bill the lion, one of the zoo’s most popular residents. During the game, the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned to the highest bidders, with the auction proceeds benefitting the zoo. Fans at the game or at home can bid by visiting tincapsjersey.com. Bidding closes at the end of the 6th inning.
The zoo’s mascot, modeled after Bill the lion, will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch at 6:30 p.m. Baseball fans can meet some friendly zoo animals from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. along Parkview Field’s 3rd base concourse. The evening will be capped off with a spectacular post-game fireworks show.
Fans can get a sneak preview of the “Bill the lion” jerseys at 9:30 a.m. Saturday when TinCaps players T.J. Weir and Taylor Cox (accompanied by Johnny, the TinCaps’ mascot) feed the penguins at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
From 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Weir and Cox will sign autographs for fans at the zoo’s Little Poof Plaza, near the Z.O.&O. Railroad Station. Johnny will also be available to meet zoo guests and pose for photos! Fans can also enter a drawing to win Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo/TinCaps ticket package.
About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s mission is to connect kids and animals, strengthen families, and inspire people to care. The zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 500,000 guests annually. The zoo was named the #7 zoo in the United States and the #20 zoo in the world by TripAdvisor, received the 2014 and 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, was voted Indiana’s #1 “Gotta-Do Summer Attraction,” and is consistently named one of the nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids by national media outlets.
The zoo is a conservation leader, contributing more than $80,000 annually to local, regional, and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats, and participating in cooperative management programs for 91 endangered species and taxa. The zoo was named Northeast Indiana’s Sustainable Business of the Year in 2014.
As a self-supporting facility, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo receives no tax dollars for operations. The zoo’s operations are funded entirely by earned revenue and donations.
The zoo is open 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily; last admission 5:00 PM; exhibits, rides, & buildings close at 5:30 PM; grounds close at 6:00 PM. The zoo is open seven days a week through October 11, 2015. Admission is $14.00 for adults; $10.50 for seniors age 60+; and $9.00 for children ages 2-18. Babies age 1 and under and Zoo Society Members are admitted free. Fort Wayne Kids Zoo website.
About the Fort Wayne TinCaps
The Fort Wayne TinCaps play their home games at beautiful Parkview Field, located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Parkview Field has been rated the #1 Minor League venue in the United States three of the last four years.