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2019 Kids for Nature Featured Projects

These three projects share 50% of all Kids for Nature funds in 2018, with the allocation proportional to the number of votes received. The other 50% of Kids for Nature funds will be shared by our Conservation Partners. Thanks to all of our guests and members, we are pleased to announce that we were able to contribute $285,000 in 2018 to our conservation partners around the globe.


Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran Orangutan

These primates can be found gliding from tree to tree in the Sumatran rainforest, but they are in trouble! Orangutans are now classified as an endangered species due to deforestation. Even great apes need your help!


Radiated TortoiseRadiated Tortoise
These beautiful tortoises are found in Madagascar, but they’re critically endangered because of the threat of poaching and their habitats have been destroyed due to the land being cleared for charcoal production.



North American River Otter

North American River Otter
River otters have a low tolerance for polluted water and are considered to be a good indicator of the quality of aquatic habitat. They need our help to keep their habitat safe and our rivers and streams clean.



Kids for Nature invites every zoo guest to make a difference for wildlife conservation. Your vote at the Kids for Nature kiosk helps us direct our conservation commitment to projects locally and around the globe. In 2017, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo invested more than $167,000 to conservation projects. Every vote matters!

How Kids for Nature Works

On every visit, you’ll receive a recycled metal washer that represents 10 cents. Visit the Kids for Nature kiosk near the Lion Drinking Fountain and read about the three conservation projects. Cast your “vote” for your favorite project by dropping the washer in the wishing well. Your vote helps determine how much funding each project will receive.

Additional votes can be made with real quarters, nickels, and dimes – 100% of any added contributions will go toward the voted project. Total contributions are calculated from April – October.