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Our Volunteers

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo prepares to open for their 55th year of operation on April 27th. Included in these preparations are the training of numerous volunteers who have signed up for this upcoming season. While the zoo already has a wonderful group of volunteers, we are ... Read More

International Primate Day

September 1st is an important day, because it’s International Primate Day! Over 200 species belong to the primate family, including monkeys, apes, and orangutans. Some of the primates who call the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo home are the de Brazza’s monkey, swamp monkey, colobus mo ... Read More

New To The Zoo: Justin

Our red pandas have always been a fan favorite at the zoo, but this season you'll definitely want to stop by their exhibit on the hill. Why? Because you'll see a new face looking back at you! We are excited to introduce Justin, the newest addition to our red panda family. Justin is a five year o ... Read More

Where Do Animals Go In The Winter?

Winter, in all of its frozen glory, is upon us. Since most of our animals live outside, we get a lot of questions about where our animals live during the off-season. It's different for every animal, but the basic answer is the same: they all stay at the Zoo! This might surprise people, since Indi ... Read More

The Private Life of Hornbills

Here at The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo we have a pair of Wrinkled Hornbills (Aceros corrugatus), Bayu (Bye-you) and Ayu (Aye-you). Bayu, which means “the wind” in Indonesian, is our 16 year old male and Ayu, meaning “beautiful,” is our 13 year old female. You can tell them apart ba ... Read More

Helping the Hellbenders

Snot otter. Lasagna lizard. Devil dog. Hellbender. Whichever common name is used to describe North America's largest salamander, unpleasant images come to mind. Most people have never heard of hellbenders- until I started working at the Zoo, I hadn't either. This is probably because despite o ... Read More

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

If you were at the Zoo last Saturday, you probably saw lots of animals with pumpkins in their exhibits. While this is adorable in itself, there is a purpose for the pumpkins besides just providing cute photos! Pumpkins were actually given as a form of enrichment, which are activities or challenges w ... Read More

Wet, Wild, and Rare

When you visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and cast your vote at the Kids4Nature Kiosk or round up your total at the Wild Things Gift Shop, you’re helping to protect local habitat with ACRES Land Trust. Most recently, your support helped conserve and study Quog Lake, a local, wild and rare qua ... Read More

"Quacking" the Code

When most people think of training animals, they think of alligators, lions, or other exotic animals that would be difficult to handle. However, our keeper Maggie Sipe is here to tell you that is not always the case! Even ducks- a seemingly simple animal- take patience and dedication to "quack" the ... Read More

Zoo Welcomes New "Little" Girl

On the morning of Sunday, August 6th, our giraffe keepers walked into the barn to find a big surprise. Zahra, our expectant mother giraffe, was in labor! When keepers arrived for their morning shift at 7 AM, Zahra had already gone into active labor, and after a few more hours of pushing, we welco ... Read More

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