Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo opens for 51st season

Echo, a baby African penguin, greets the media on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Echo, a baby African penguin, greets the media on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Baby penguins, kangaroo joeys, a new leopard and familiar orangutan favorites are ready for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s 51st season.

The zoo opened its doors Saturday for the first time in 2016.

Saturday was the first day the public got to take a look at the new Outback area of the zoo’s Australian Adventure. There’s a new spring for children to play in a couple inches of water and a reptile building to house animals including knob-tailed geckos and a woma python. There’s also a place for the incoming Tasmanian devils, set to arrive at the zoo later this season. The kangaroo yard has been completely renovated, and new aviaries have been erected. The guest-favorite log ride has also been overhauled as Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride.

Stingray Bay
Stingray Bay

Guest can also head to Stingray Bay to hand-feed the rays at its VIP experience. That’s just one of five VIP experiences now offered at the zoo.

Normal hours at the zoo are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Admission costs $14 for adults, $9 for children 2-18-years-old and Seniors- ages 60 and up- get in for $10.50.

For more information on visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, click here.

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