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Two Indiana Zoos Have Reasons to Celebrate!

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Curt BrantinghamCurt Brantingham is the Public Relations Manager for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Curt has been with the office since August 2006 and worked at the Indianapolis Zoo before that. You can find out more about the Indiana Office of Tourism Development at the Indiana Media Insider Blog.

jagpicsmeskerparkzooMesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in Evansville has two very cool new reasons to visit. The zoo recently announced that two female jaguar cubs were born at the facility on September 22. The cubs will make their debut on exhibit beginning in late November in AMAZONIA Forest of Riches, an indoor tropical rainforest exhibit that opened in 2008. Live streaming video from inside the jaguar den will also be available at The two “jagcams” will provide a window into the cats’ world anytime, day or night. The Zoo plans to hold an online naming contest for the cubs when they go on display. The birth of these jaguar cubs is very significant. As of 2007, there were only about 44 jaguars in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

“This is truly a ‘Wow Factor’ to be working with the cubs and will be incredibly rewarding to watch our visitors experience their growth,” said Amos Morris, Executive Director, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. “We use successful births as a benchmark of great care.”

In Fort Wayne, the nationally-acclaimed Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo reports that the 2009 season ended with a record 610,949 visitors. That breaks the previous record of 541,399 visitors set in 1996. A survey conducted during the summer shows that visitors came from at least 40 states in 2009. The zoo’s new $9 million African Journey exhibit opened in June and was a big draw for members and first-time visitors. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open from April through mid-October, and hosts the annual Great Zoo Halloween. It will reopen to visitors on April 24, 2010.

Source: Mesker Park Zoo and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

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