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Zoo opening day delayed indefinitely but support needed now, officials say

For the past 56 years, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has always opened as scheduled. But not this year, thanks to COVID-19.

“We do not yet know when we will be able to open to the public, but we are in close contact with local health officials, and we will open as soon as officials tell us it is safe to do so,” the zoo said in a statement Tuesday.

“Whenever it happens, Opening Day 2020 will be a great day” Executive Director Jim Anderson stated.

Throughout the crisis zoo keepers, veterinarians, and support staff have worked to ensure the zoo animals are receiving the same level of care, and the education staff has continued to provide a variety of resources for area teachers and parents with lesson plans, educational videos and nature activities.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of just a few zoos that does not receive tax support for our daily operations. Memberships can be renewed or purchased online at kidszoo.org. “Our gates may be closed, but by purchasing or renewing a zoo membership you are providing us with dollars needed to maintain our operations,” stated Director of Development Amy Lazoff.

Once Opening Day 2020 is identified, the zoo will credit extra weeks to all existing memberships to make up for the days it was closed. The zoo will continue to update members and guest with opening day information on its website and Facebook pages. For more information call 427-6800 or go to www.kidszoo.org

The zoo attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually.

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