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Spend a fun day touring Indiana wildlife sites and zoos.
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Established as nature preserve in 1952, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and has developed into an internationally recognized world-class zoo. Located in Fort Wayne's Franke Park in northern Indiana, the zoo houses 1,500 animals and remains among the top zoos in the United States.
The African Journey, Sea Lion Beach Exhibit, Australian Adventure, Central Zoo, and Indonesian Rainforest are among the featured exhibits. Several free, hands-on kid's activities include riding on Little Poof, the toy train, peering into microscopes in Dr. Diversity's Research Station, and climbing into the Tree Top Treehouse. Be sure to see the Zoo Babies during your visit, too.
Located in the 3.3-acre White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo set in downtown Indianapolis, was established in 1964. This world-class zoo strives to educate its visitors on the importance of conservation, while providing a fun place to learn about animals.
The zoo has been triple-accredited by the American Association of Museums as well as by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Visit this incredible Indianapolis animal park to see the variety of exhibits. Schedule plenty of time to stroll through the Forests Biome, Tiger Forest exhibit, Bats exhibit, Oceans exhibit, Marine Mammals, Dolphins, Deserts Biome, and Plains Biome.
Kids love riding on the White River Junction Train Ride, on the Carousel, on the Kombo Family Coaster and playing in the Family Fitness Park & Splash Park.
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden
Home to over 700 animals across 200 species, Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden joins the Evansville Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, as must-see attractions. The fifty-acre Mesker Park Zoo, established in 1928, has grown to become one of the largest zoos in southern Indiana.
Along with the $15 million tropical rainforest exhibit completed in 2008, this accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums features 10 additional exhibits: North America, African Rift, Lake Victoria, Tropic America, Children's Enchanted Forest, Lemur Forest, Discovery Center, Kley Building, and African Panorama.
Kids of all ages love to feed the giraffes and have fun in the interactive children's area. Be sure to include a stroll through the Botanic Garden before leaving at the end of the day.
Stretched across 23 acres, the Potawatomi Zoo is located in the northern Indiana community of South Bend. Maintained by the South Bend Parks and Recreation Department, the zoo has drawn big crowds to Potawatomi Park from surrounding areas like Mishawaka and Elkhart since 1902.
With a focus on large cats, primates, and Australian animals, the zoo is home to more than 400 species. Popular animal habitats include those of the Amur tiger, the Golden lion tamarin, and the North American river otters.