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Indiana’s Top-Ranked Children’s Zoo Opens April 21

As residents in the Midwest are beginning to enjoy warmer weather and exit their winter hibernation — so are the animals at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which opens this year on Saturday, April 21.

Stop by to greet the joeys with a g'day!

Don’t miss a chance to be one of the first to visit the Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys, born last year, but just now leaving their mothers’ pouches to say “hello.”

The zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction and will be the highlight during your next family trip to Fort Wayne. After seeing the new zoo babies, children can enjoy a multitude of interactive and colorful displays and exhibits while mingling with more than 1,500 animals including giraffes, hyenas, zebras, pandas and more Keeper chats and free animal shows are also offered daily at the zoo.

The zoo features a number of exhibits, including the Australian Adventure Welcome Center. Here children can see what it’s like to hang out inside a real-life sized kangaroo pouch. Sit behind the wheel of a land rover in the African Journey exhibit, renovated in 2009, and see how large an elephant really is inside the Indonesian Rain Forest. The zoo also features a miniature train ride for children on the engine named “Little Poof.”

The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $13.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages two to 14, and $10.50 for seniors (60 and older). Children under age one and under are admitted free. In addition, the zoo offers free parking. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is located at 3411 Sherman Blvd., on the near north side of Fort Wayne on more than 50 acres within Franke Park.

Questions? Call the zoo at 260.427.6800, find details online about daily events, maps and directions, concession stands and more! Keep in touch by following the zoo on Facebook and Twitter. The zoo also offers discounted group rates, including for school groups. Membership is also available.

And, you can register here to win Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo tickets for a family of four!

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, based in Fort Wayne, is northeast Indiana’s premier attraction, welcoming an average of 500,000 visitors annually. The 2012 season runs April through October. The zoo has repeatedly been named among the top ten zoos nationwide for children, and has been recognized by animal expert Jack Hanna, and among publications such as Parents magazine and Child magazine. The zoo is a self-supporting operation, receiving no tax dollars.

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Written by : Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband and half a dozen houseplants. Holly is also a regular contributor to the Visit Fort Wayne blog. Find her on Twitter @HFHammers and at