FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be opening to the public on July 4 in accordance with Indiana's Back On Track Plan, officials announced Thursday.
From June 14 through July 3, the Zoo said it will offer three weeks of exclusive member-only access.
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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Executive Director Jim Anderson is retiring at the end of the 2020 season. via City of Fort Wayne
Indiana Back On Track plan infographic by the City of Fort Wayne
Current Zoo members will need a free, timed ticket available only at kidszoo.org/membersonly.
Timed tickets will allow the Zoo to spread out the number of guests, expedite entrance lines, and encourage appropriate social distancing as we will follow the Governor’s orders and operate the Zoo at half-capacity.
“Half of our attendance annually is from our Zoo members.” says Jim Anderson, Executive Director. “Before they visit, Zoo members need to visit our website to get their timed tickets. That’s the only way to secure their entry ticket from June 14 through July 3.”
The Zoo announced it will also extend the 2020 season with additional days in October.
Even if the Zoo experiences the greatest summer after opening to the public on July 4, officials say they are still projecting a $5 million revenue loss.
“The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is one of just a few zoos who does not receive tax support for our daily operations, and we rely on guests, but especially our Zoo members,” says Director of Communication Bonnie Kemp. “Memberships can be renewed or purchased online at kidszoo.org.”