FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo closed for the season Sunday.
This year was the zoo’s 50th season in Fort Wayne, and it had plenty to celebrate. The Reef opened, with sharks and tropical fish inside, along with the new Stingray Bay. Crews also broke ground Australian Adventure’s $7 million renovation, which will feature Tasmanian devils.
The zoo also welcomed a new baby reticulated giraffe, ring-tailed lemur, black-tailed prairie dog, Javan gibbon, black-and-white colobus monkey, eastern grey kangaroo and several black-breasted leaf turtles.
All of that earned the zoo the ranking of the 7th best zoo in the United States and the 20th best zoo in the world by travel website TripAdvisor earlier this summer. The rankings are based on user reviews and ratings posted to the site.
“We’ve had a lot to celebrate this season,” says Zoo Director Jim Anderson. “Our baby animals are thriving, and the community support we receive helps us get better and better.”
The zoo’s not completely done with the fun, though.
The zoo will reopen Friday, Oct. 16 for the Wild Zoo Halloween. The Wild Zoo Halloween is open Oct. 16-18, 22-25, and 29-31 from noon to 6 p.m. with last admission at 5 p.m.