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Kids for Nature

2020 Kids for Nature Featured Projects


Reticulated Giraffe

Mystic Zahra Kita

The tallest animal on earth needs our help.  Reticulated Giraffe populations have declined by 50% in the past 30 years and they are now listed as Endangered.  Your Kids for Nature vote supports field research, tracking and mapping giraffe movements and human conflict.



PenguinsAfrican Black Footed Penguins

 Help us turn the tide on African Penguin extinction.  Kids for Nature votes will help with rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds.


Tasmanian DevilsTasmanian Devil

We are proud to be 1 of only 7 U.S. zoos entrusted by the Tasmanian Government as Ambassadors for Tasmanian Devils.  A Kids for Nature vote for Tasmanian Devils helps with the threat of their extinction due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease.


These three projects will share 50% of all Kids for Nature funds in 2020, 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 $286,000 in 2019 to our conservation partners locally and around the globe.


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 $1 of your admission. 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 during the 2020 Zoo Season.