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Zoo Summer Job Fair

March 11 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Do you want to work at the zoo? Take a look at our Summer Employment Opportunities, then come out to the job fair on Saturday, March 11. Location: Zoo Education Center Time: 9AM-2PM Please save time and bring your completed application to the job fair. Zoo applications and SSA applications are different. Complete the application that corresponds with the position you are applying for.

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Opening Day 2017

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The zoo opens for the 2017 season on April 22.  Plan a visit today!


Families4Nature Play Day – FREE

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for our Families4Nature Play Day. This event is held outside the Zoo Education Center and is FREE to the public. Download your Families4Nature Passport and join us!

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Animal Enrichment Workshop

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Adults, children, families, and groups can assist in creating objects to stimulate animals’ interest and encourage natural behaviors at an Animal Enrichment Workshop. Individuals need not register ahead of time and no previous training is required; just arrive at 9:00 a.m. ready to work. Group leaders should call the zoo’s Volunteer Office at 260-427-6828 at least one week in advance, with the ages and number of people in the group. Workshops meet from 9:00 AM to 11:00 noon in the…

Open Late Memorial Day through Labor Day (9am–7pm)

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

The zoo opens at 9 AM every day* from April 22 - October 8 for family fun! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the zoo will be open late (last admission will be at 7 p.m.; grounds will close at 8 p.m.). Plan your visit today! *The zoo will be closed August 18 in preparation for our Zoo Brew & Wine, Too fundraising event.


June 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Get gross and explore mucus, slime, and other adaptations that are vital to animals’ survival from 10 AM to 3 PM. Activities are FREE with zoo admission.

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Military Appreciation Day

June 14 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

To honor those who serve our country, active duty military, retired military, Gold Star families, National Guard members, reservists and their immediate families receive free zoo admission on Wednesday, June 14 with a valid military ID.  Immediate family includes spouse/partner and children age 18 and under. The zoo will be open from 9 a.m. – 7p.m. Last admission will be at 7 p.m.; grounds will close at 8 p.m.

Zoobilee 2017 – Waltz on the Wild Side – Presented by PNC Bank

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Zoobilee is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s gala event and features a gourmet dinner and cocktails. The silent and live auctions are sure to impress with zoo experiences you can only find at Zoobilee. Best of all, you'll be supporting the zoo and our mission of connecting kids and animals, strengthening families, and inspiring people to care! For 2017 ticket information call Leisha Harkness at 260-427-6831. For sponsorship information, call Erin Friend at 260-427-6844. See photos from Zoobilee 2016: **African…

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Ice Day

July 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Chill out with our animals as they get icy treats to beat the heat in celebration of National Zoo Keeper Week. Activities are FREE with zoo admission.

Zoo Brew & Wine Too

August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets go on sale July 10 at noon! Note to all zoo guests: The zoo will be closed on Friday, August 18 so we can prepare for the Zoo Brew & Wine Too fundraiser. The zoo will re-open at 9 AM on Saturday, August 19. Zoo Brew & Wine Too offers guests 21 and older the chance to sample delicious food, beer, and wine from over 40 local and regional establishments as they stroll through the zoo listening to music…

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