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Meet Brenda

Imagine receiving a call that a 4-month-old orangutan baby had been confiscated by the local army from a farmer and it’s presumed her mother was killed.  In March 2019, that’s exactly what happened to our conservation partner, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP).  When Brenda arri ... Read More

It Takes a Village to Raise a Hornbill

There is a popular saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and the same could be said for Bushy-crested wild hornbill chicks.  Our story begins deep in Thailand’s Budo-Sungain Padi National Park with the hero and heroine of my story, a Bushy-crested hornbill breeding pair.  In late Janu ... Read More

Many Species, One Planet, One Future - ACRES Land Trust

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo strives to make a difference for animals every day. To help achieve this goal, we participate in programs and initiatives to protect animals and their habitats around the world. ACRES Land Trust is one of our many conservation partners at the Fort Wayne Children’ ... Read More

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) has been working alongside the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo since 2012 on environmental education, research and protecting the habitats of endangered orangutans. ... Read More

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

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

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