Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Home

Our History


From Humble Nature Preserve to the “Nation’s Best Children’s Zoo.”

At the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, kids can get nose to nose with a goat, families can explore a misty jungle trail, and giraffes roam a vast grassy hillside. With 40 developed acres, the Zoo is internationally recognized for its innovative displays, award-winning animal exhibits, and well-manicured grounds. Local residents embrace the Zoo as a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. But, this world-renowned Zoo had humble beginnings.