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NEW Bamboo Forest Adventure Play and Marketplace

Bamboo Forest to Open Fall 2023

Fort Wayne IN – Construction continues at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo with Bamboo Forest Adventure Play and Marketplace which is set to open later this Zoo season.

Bamboo Forest is part of the new reimagined Asian Trek area of the Zoo and is located across from Red Panda Ridge which opened in May.

“We are excited about the changes happening at the Zoo and can’t wait for guests to experience Bamboo Forest,” says Executive Director, Rick Schuiteman.  “Bamboo Forest will include a 2 story ropes type course with dozens of different elements and a Marketplace for snacks and beverages.”

Bamboo Forest highlights include:

  • Adventure Play for kids of all ages
  • Two-story ropes style course with 27 different elements
  • Free flying sky rail over 120’ in length
  • Sky tykes for kids under 48” with 11 different elements
  • Marketplace will combine retail and grab & go food offerings in an indoor/outdoor space
  • Family restrooms including one with adult changing station
  • Water bottle refilling station
  • Outdoor seating area overlooking Bamboo Forest Adventure play

Construction of Bamboo Forest should conclude early fall and a grand opening will be announced.

“We are always excited to bring new experiences to the Zoo, but we can’t do that without the support of the community, our members, but especially our generous donors.” said Schuiteman.

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About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo:  The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 600,000 guests annually.  In 2021, the Zoo was voted Visit Indiana’s “Summer Bucket List Top Attraction” and is consistently named one of the nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids by national media outlets.

The Zoo is a conservation leader, contributing more than $300,000 annually to local, regional, and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats. The Zoo cares for more than 1500 animals and participates in 63 cooperative species survival plans.

As a self-supporting facility, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo receives no tax dollars for operations.  The Zoo’s operations are funded entirely by earned revenue and donations.

Summer Zoo hours May – July, 9 am to 6 pm daily.  August – October, 9 am to 5 pm.  General admission $18 and children 2 to 12 $14.  Family memberships are only $165 for a year of family fun including membership only perks.  All details to plan your Zoo trip can be found on the Zoo’s website at