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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Two months after its scheduled opening date the Zoo is finally opening, to members-only, with timed tickets on Sunday.
Beginning Sunday, June 14 through July 3, the Zoo will open with three weeks of exclusive member-only access.
Back On Track Indiana Revised May 22
Current Zoo members will need a free, timed ticket available online only.
Officials say the timed tickets will allow the Zoo to spread out the number of guests, expedite entrance lines and encourage appropriate social distancing as they follow the guidelines of Indiana's Back On Track plan Stage 4.
“We can’t wait to finally have guests in our Zoo,” says Executive Director, Jim Anderson. “Members with Timed Tickets will be the first we welcome back to the Zoo for our 56th season and we are sold out for Sunday, June 14.”
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo says it is following Gov. Holcomb’s guidelines and Allen County Public Health Officials recommendations.
- Limiting Zoo attendance to 50%,
- Timed ticketing,
- Social distancing recommendation signage throughout the Zoo,
- Face coverings worn by Zoo staff and suggested for guests,
- Contactless card transactions,
- Drinking fountains closed,
- Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Zoo, and
- Enhanced cleaning protocols on high touch points.
“The rides will be open, but with appropriate train and carousel seats closed to provide for six feet social distancing between parties,” said, Director of Operations Dan Sheehan.
Zoo staff, volunteers and animals are ready for guests including:
- Meeko, their newest North American River Otter
- Oolong and Anne, their Red Panda couple
- Magnus, Sharon and Ramsey, the Shetland Sheep trio
- Hyena sisters, Ruckus and Havoc
- A new species to the Zoo, Cape Porcupines, Abasi and Stompers.
Officials say July 4 is the expected public opening date at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo as they continue to follow the Governor’s Back on Track Indiana plan.