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Zoo closes Sunday for the season

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 11:48 am

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo closes for the 2012 season on Sunday, the zoo announced.

The 2012 season has seen more than 474,000 visitors. Several adorable zoo babies have delighted zoo guests this season, including a baby colobus monkey, a miniature donkey foal, a penguin chick and seven dingo pups.

The zoo will celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The international event drawing attention to the plight of these threatened birds. Zoo guests can talk with zoo keepers and participate in special activities designed to showcase the zoo’s flock of African black-footed penguins. In the wild, these birds are threatened by oil spills, declining habitat, and a diminishing food supply in their native home on the South African coast.

After the zoo closes on Sunday, crews will begin preparing for the Wild Zoo Halloween, which opens at noon Oct. 19.

The zoo is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sunday. Admission is $13.50 for adults; $10.50 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 2-14; and free for ages 1 and under and Zoo Society Members.