Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Get closer than ever to your favorite animals at a once-in-a-lifetime VIP Experience! Since opening in 1965, the 1,000-animal zoo has been located on 40 acres (16 ha) in Fort Wayne's Franke Park. The zoo continuously ranks among the top zoos in the U.S.

Get nose to nose with our orangutans, including one-year-old Asmara, during a feeding and training session. Watch as keepers deliver fruits and veggies to the apes and demonstrate training behaviors from behind the scenes
  • Days: Thursdays-Sundays during the zoo season.
  • Time: 1:00-1:30 PM.
  • Cost: $99 per person.
  • Ages 8 & up. Maximum group size 4 people.
  • Meet at Orangutan Gallery – at ‘Employees Only’ door.
  • Zoo Admission is not included. To enter the zoo, you must purchase Admission or use your Zoo Membership.

***Children age 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has also purchased a VIP Experience ticket.

STINGRAY VIP EXPERIENCE

Grab your tray of fish and accompany our aquarists to feed the stingrays. As you hold the food in your hand, the stingrays will swim over and slurp up their lunch! Note for participants with allergies: The stingrays’ food includes shellfish.

ORANGUTAN VIP EXPERIENCE

Get nose to nose with our orangutans, including two-year-old Asmara, during a feeding and training session. Watch as keepers deliver fruits and veggies to the apes and demonstrate training behaviors from behind the scenes.

PENGUIN VIP EXPERIENCE

Find yourself among the flock as you step onto the penguins’ beach and help keepers deliver lunch to the penguins. You’ll learn the best way to feed a hungry penguin as keepers share all the details of the penguins’ personalities.