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Our Famous Children’s Zoo

A Place For Memories 

From Sherman Boulevard in Fort Wayne, you can take off to the African savannah, an Australian coral reef, or the Indonesian rainforest. From there, paths chosen at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo allow kids and kids at heart to reach out to lions, climb in a kangaroo pouch, and measure up against orangutans.

This easy access to discovery takes you and your family, and more than half a million visitors each year, to treetops shared with monkeys and to platforms for feeding giraffes. Any old afternoon suddenly becomes a wild childhood adventure story, one in which you never know what’s waiting just around the bend. 

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is home to the largest display of Australian animals outside of Australia.

Did You Know?

Our region is proudly kid-friendly. In fact, Business Week named Fort Wayne one of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids”—and families all over the region agree, especially when they experience treasures like Science Central, TekVenture’s Regional Maker Faire, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, the African/African-American Historical Museum, and the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

  • Parents magazine named the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo one of the nation’s “Top Ten Zoos for Kids.”
  • The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was voted Indiana’s No. 1 Gotta-Do Summer Attraction in a statewide contest sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in 2012.
  • In 2015, the zoo broke attendance records, exceeding the previous record of 614,666 visitors, set in 2009, when the African Journey exhibit first opened.
  • In 2015, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary earned a Top-Rated designation by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of nonprofit organizations. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion provides refuge to nearly 90 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals ranging from tigers and bears to tortoises and chimpanzees. Many animals that started as personal pets or performers now make Black Pine their permanent home.