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Rain forest in bloom at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Calathea holiday is one of the plants blooming now in the Indonesian Rain Forest Jungle Dome at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. (Courtesy photo)
Calathea holiday is one of the plants blooming now in the Indonesian Rain Forest Jungle Dome at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. (Courtesy photo)
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Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:06 pm
Jan. 17, 2013 Thunbergia mysorensis has only bloomed once before.

While the frosty winter rages outside, the Indonesian Rain Forest's Jungle Dome retains its steamy tropical splendor. This month, several colorful orchids punctuate the lush foliage with lovely blooms.

Orchids are coaxed into bloom with extra special care by the rain forest staff. Take a look at the results of their hard work!

Learn more about the animals of the Indonesian Rain Forest at http://kidszoo.org/our-animals/indonesian-rain-forest/.Attention teachers: Take your students on a virtual journey around the world in the zoo's exciting new Globe Trotter multimedia program! With five live animals and a "mystery" to solve, this dynamic presentation will engage students as they learn how they can help save our planet.

Globe Trotter is perfect for school assemblies, parent nights or as a reward for special projects. We are now booking programs for spring 2013.

See program fees and find out if you qualify for a free program at http://kidszoo.org/programs-and-events/zoomobile/.

Contact the Zoo Education Department at 427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org to schedule your program today.Always bring your Zoo Membership when you travel to enjoy discounted admission to more than 140 zoos nationwide! Two new organizations have joined our list for 2013:

*Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn.

*Natural Science Center of Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C.

See a complete list of all 140 participating zoos and attractions at http://kidszoo.org/membership/reciprocal-zoos/.

Contact us at membership@kidszoo.org or 427-6800 with questions about your Zoo Membership and for information on using your Travel Card.

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