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ZOO NEWS

High School seniors can apply now for $2,000 Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship from Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Nov. 29, 2012

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society is accepting applications for the Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship, which bestows a one-time $2,000 award to a college-bound high school senior pursuing an animal-related career.

The scholarship award is based on an applicant's character, commitment to the stewardship of animals, financial need and scholastic achievement. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society established the scholarship in 1991 to honor the distinguished career of the late Dr. Larry Ackerman, who served as the zoo's veterinarian for 25 years.

Download an application at http://kidszoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ackerman.pdf. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

Holiday Break Camp

Avoid post-holiday boredom. Send your kids to the zoo's Holiday Break Camp!

Sessions are filling fast.

*Age 3 + adult: Zoo Tots

Escape the winter's chill as you explore the zoo's rainforest together.

Dec. 26 10-11:30 a.m.

$15 per child/adult pair

*Ages 4-5: KaZoos

Walk, run, or hop. Get to the zoo anyway you can to learn all about animal movement!

Dec. 27 9 a.m.-noon

$20 per child

*Ages 6-12

All sessions meet from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$28 per session Register for all three session for $75 - a savings of $9!

*Cool Cats

They say cats don't like the water, but what about snow? Discover which fabulous felines thrive when temperatures drop, investigate their special adaptations, and meet Indiana's own cold-weather cats.

Dec. 26

*Frozen Science

Make your own crystals, discover why salt and ice don't mix, explore how animals stay warm in freezing temperatures, and much more. You'll have a blast being a cold weather scientist!

Dec. 27

*Happy Zoo Year!

Ring in 2013 zoo-style! Countdown to noon, celebrate with a hot-chocolate toast and party like an animal. Games, a movie, and visits from special zoo residents will keep you smiling into the New Year.

Dec. 28

Register online now at https://ssl.4agoodcause.com/ft-wayne-childrens-zoo/class1.aspx?id=1, or contact the Zoo Education Department at 427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org with questions.

Cheryl Piropato is education and communications director for the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.