Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will open for its 52nd season this Saturday, and it’s offering a number of new exhibits for visitors in 2017.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be welcoming a new male lion for exhibit next year.

Zoo Announces Death of Bill The Lion

Apr 7, 2016
Courtesy/Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo announced Thursday that Bill the Lion has died, just one week after the zoo announced he had an aggressive form of cancer.

Zoo Announces Bill The Lion Has Cancer

Mar 31, 2016
Courtesy/Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Visitors to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will notice an absence when it opens on April 23. 

Zach Bernard, WBOI News

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is enjoying larger than usual attendance numbers for early October, but the grounds will be much quieter starting next week.

Kids' Zoo Set to Renovate Jungle Lab Classroom

Jul 17, 2015
Lisa Ryan / WBOI News

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will renovate a 21-year-old classroom called the Jungle Lab.

It's deep in the Indonesian rain forest exhibit, past the monkeys and tigers, and now, the lab is set for a facelift. The Jungle Lab brings in students during field trips and summer camp to learn about animals in an interactive environment.

The $75,000 renovation gift comes from the American Electric Power Foundation.

Erica Putt, a spokeswoman for AEP and Indiana Michigan Power, says the foundation donates money for programs that help build students’ science and math skills.

Zoo Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

Jul 1, 2015
Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

WBOI’s Lisa Ryan attended a birthday party Wednesday. Not just any birthday party though. This one was for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which is turning 50 today.

The guest list was huge: zoo employees, volunteers, parents and kids... And of course, Bill the Lion. About 600 people gathered to sing “Happy Birthday” to the zoo—except Bill the Lion, who can’t sing.

The zoo started in 1965 as a five-and-a half-acre park, and is now a 40-acre zoo with about 1,000 animals.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

And it’s time once again for news...from Down Under.

Okay, it’s not really Down Under, but earlier today hundreds of children got a chance to see  jellyfish, venomous lionfish and about thirty other species at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo  Australian Adventure. The renovated reef exhibit opened today.