Entries by Cheryl Piropato

2014 Attendance is Third Highest in Zoo History

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo experienced its third-highest yearly attendance ever in 2014 with a total of 545,563 guests. This figure includes 520,613 people who visited during the regular zoo season of April 26-October 12, and 24,950 who visited during the Wild Zoo Halloween in 2014. Attendance in 2014 was just 337 people shy of […]

Zoo Announces New Pavilions, Sponsored by Parkview Physicians Group

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo today unveiled two new pavilions under construction in the African Journey, funded in part by a generous donation from Parkview Physicians Group. “The zoo provides an outstanding venue for families to spend time together, something we believe is important as we look to promote health and well-being throughout the community,” […]

Tara the Orangutan is Pregnant

Tara, a Sumatran orangutan at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, is expecting a baby this fall. This is the first pregnancy for 19-year-old Tara, and the baby would be the second orangutan ever born at the zoo. “We’re excited about Tara’s pregnancy and the chance to add to the population of this critically endangered species,” […]

2013 Attendance Second-Highest Ever

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo experienced its second-highest yearly attendance ever in 2013 with a total of 545,900 guests.  This figure includes 525,744 people who visited during the regular zoo season of April 21-October 13, and 20,156 who visited during the Wild Zoo Halloween. The zoo’s attendance record is 614,666, set in 2009 when the […]

Pumpkin Playtime

Animals and pumpkins may seem like an unlikely pairing, but they are a big hit at the zoo.  With so many pumpkins here for the Wild Zoo Halloween, zoo keepers are grabbing gourds to use as enrichment with the animals. Enrichment is the practice of introducing novel foods and objects to provide mental and physical […]

Zoo Awarded Accreditation

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has once again met the highest standards in the zoo profession by being awarded Accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). “The entire zoo team works hard to ensure that our programs, protocols, and facilities meet the highest standards,” said Zoo Director Jim Anderson, who serves on AZA’s […]

Norbert’s Favorite Things

Norbert the Aldabra giant tortoise celebrated his 51st birthday this week, reinforcing his status as the oldest animal in the zoo.  But because giant tortoises can live for more than 100 years, Norbert is just middle-aged! Zoo keeper Ryan Coomer says that Norbert is a friendly fellow.  “He comes over to see us when we […]

Who’s the Cutest Zoo Animal?

There’s never been a Cutest Animal Contest at the zoo, but we’re pretty sure the red pandas would be strong contenders for the title.  In fact, “awwww” is the most frequently uttered word at the red panda exhibit!  Male red panda Junjie, age 5, and his mate Xiao, age 4, have distinct personalities.  According to […]

Beautiful Birds of Prey

Some of our most fascinating birds are a diverse group of feathered predators known as “birds of prey.”  Owls, vultures, and hawks are part of this group.  These birds share some key features:  sharp talons, a strong, hooked beak, and excellent eyesight.  Some, like owls, can capture a mouse in complete darkness.  Vultures can smell […]