News release from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo:
Zoo Closes for the Season Sunday
(October 8, 2015) – Fans that haven’t made it to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo this year have just a few days to squeeze in a visit: The zoo’s regular season ends Sunday, October 11.
During the 2015 season, the zoo celebrated its 50th Birthday; opened The Reef, featuring sharks and tropical fish; opened the all-new Stingray Bay; broke ground on Phase 3 of the $7 million Australian Adventure renovation, which will feature Tasmanian devils; and welcomed many baby animals including a reticulated giraffe, ring-tailed lemur, black-tailed prairie dog, Javan gibbon, black-and-white colobus monkey, eastern grey kangaroo, and several black-breasted leaf turtles.
“We’ve had a lot to celebrate this season,” says Zoo Director Jim Anderson. “Our baby animals are thriving, and the community support we receive helps us get better and better.”
The zoo was named the 7th best zoo in the United States and the 20th best zoo in the world by travel website TripAdvisor earlier this summer. The rankings are based on user reviews and ratings posted to the site.
Even though the regular season will end on Sunday, the zoo reopens on Friday, October 16 for the Wild Zoo Halloween. Crews will be busy next week decorating the zoo with pumpkins, gourds, and animal sculptures in preparation for the kid-friendly trick-or-treat event.
The Wild Zoo Halloween is open October 16-18, 22-25, and 29-31 from 12:00-6:00 PM with last admission at 5:00 PM.
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 received the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, was named the 7th Best Zoo in the United States and the 20th Best Zoo in the World by TripAdvisor, 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 with last admission 5:00 PM 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. The zoo opens for the Wild Zoo Halloween on Friday, October 16.