Zoo opening update

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo news release:

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Update

(April 14, 2020) – For the past 56 years, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has always opened as scheduled. This year – that will not be the case.

We do not yet know when we will be able to open to the public, but we are in close contact with local health officials, and we will open as soon as officials tell us it is safe to do so.

“Whenever it happens, Opening Day 2020 will be a great day” says Executive Director, Jim Anderson. “We love welcoming children and their families to connect with our animals and enjoy a world of adventure inside our gates, and this year’s opening day will be a special one.”

Today and every day through this crisis our dedicated group of zoo keepers, veterinarians, and support staff are working to ensure our zoo animals are still receiving the same level of extraordinary care.

Our education staff continues to provide a variety of resources for area teachers and parents with lesson plans, educational videos and nature activities.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of just a few zoos who does not receive tax support for our daily operations, and we rely on guests, but especially our zoo members. Memberships can be renewed or purchased online at kidszoo.org.

“We want you to know that your membership matters. Our gates may be closed, but by purchasing or renewing a zoo membership you are providing us with dollars needed to maintain our operations,” says Director of Development, Amy Lazoff.

Once Opening Day 2020 is identified, we will be crediting extra weeks to all existing membership, to make up for the days we are not able to open for you.

We will continue to update members and guest with opening day information on our website and Facebook pages.


About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 600,000 guests annually. The zoo 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 a quarter of a million dollars annually to local, regional, and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats. The Zoo cares for more than 1400 animals and participates in 63 cooperative species survival plans.

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.

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