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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's dingo pups are all grown up

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Feb. 7, 2013

One year ago, on Jan. 30, dingoes Mattie and Naya at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo became the proud parents of seven adorable puppies. Today, those pups are all grown up!

The dingoes received a pile of birthday treats last week in honor of their first birthday. They needed no instructions on how to open the boxes, which contained tasty treats.

Mattie and Naya attended the celebrations, and they didn't hesitate to take some of the goodies for themselves!

Three of the seven pups -- Airlie, Yengo and Bunyip -- still live in the dingo exhibit with Mattie and Naya. Two other pups, Brumby and Elzey, now live at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio. The remaining pups, Mawson and Tingoora, are being trained for use in zoo education programs.

To see photos of the pups when they were just a few days old, click on and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Enjoy these photos of the dingoes' 1-year birthday party!

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Now in its 24th year, Summer Safari Day Camp fosters a love of nature and animals while encouraging teamwork and friendship. We'll explore the zoo, meet friendly zoo animals and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Sessions are available for ages 18 months to 12 years. More than 900 children enjoy a week at Summer Safari Day Camp each summer. Scholarships are available for those demonstrating financial need.

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