Support the Zoo

Support the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

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We depend on you!

The zoo is managed by the Fort Wayne Zoological Society, a non-profit organization that receives no tax support. The zoo’s budget comes from the sale of admissions, memberships, rides, vending fees, and generous gifts from donors in our community. In fact, every animal exhibit in the zoo was built entirely with donations, making the zoo a true community treasure.

Here’s how you can help us connect kids and animals:

We’re renovating the
Australian Adventure 

Read about it here!

You can support this exciting $7 million capital campaign by purchasing a Recognition Tile online today.

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Every dollar makes a difference! Your donation helps us connect kids and animals, bring families together, and inspire our guests to care about wildlife. Please check with your employer about matching gifts! Donations are tax deductible. Donate now

Add your name to the African Journey Recognition Wall by purchasing a Recognition Tile, inscribed with your family name or the name of a loved one.  Recognition Tiles begin at $400.  Download a brochure and send in your Recognition Tile donation.

We welcome gifts through your Estate Plan, Bequest, Stocks, or Planned Giving, Lasting Gifts to the zoo’s Endowment Fund, Capital Fund, or other opportunities. Please contact Kelly at 260-427-6836 or e-mail to discuss securing the zoo’s future through your gift.

Zoo Fundraising Events

Zoobilee presented by PNC
It’s the wildest party in town! By attending or sponsoring our annual gala fundraiser, you can generate important funds to support the zoo’s mission.

Zoo Brew & Wine Too presented by Chase Enjoy  unique beer, wine, and local food while supporting your nonprofit zoo.

Drive You Wild
Tee up for the zoo! Enjoy a wild day of golf and unique activities and raise money for zoo operations.

Adopt an Animal

Help provide the daily care for a zoo animal! Receive a plush stuffed animal and a fun adoption package, then be sure to visit your new “family member” at the zoo. Adoptions make great gifts. Adopt online, call 260-427-6831, or email us for more information.

Corporate Partners

Connect with zoo guests by sponsoring a zoo event, provide in-kind support, or explore a unique partnership with a Top Ten Zoo! Contact Kris at 260-427-6844 or by e-mail for details.


Become a member and enjoy free admission, additional members-only benefits plus, the satisfaction of knowing that you support the zoo.


Share your love of animals and contribute to the success of the nationally recognized Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo by donating your time as a zoo volunteer. Opportunities are available for families, teens, and adults. Call 260-427-6828 or e-mail the Volunteer Office.

Thank you to our generous season sponsors!

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