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Opening day at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo April 21

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The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo opens for its 48th season on Saturday, April 21.

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Seven playful dingo puppies have been making headlines since they were born on January 30. The zoo plans to exhibit all seven playful dingo pups for opening weekend, but after that they'll take turns on display, so if you want to see the entire liter together, you'll need to get there this Saturday. (Be sure to check out the adorable puppies in the video on this page!)

At least seven kangaroo joeys are exploring the Australian Adventure. Born last May or June, the joeys have only recently been out of their mothers' pouches. After a four-year hiatus, prairie dogs return to the zoo in the former Egg Walk area. The climb-in eggs are now in the African Village.

An unusual new creature, the northern tree shrew, moved into the Indonesian Rain Forest. They are closely related to primates (even though they look like squirrels.)

Two male kunekune pigs named Elvis and Pugsley arrived in the Indiana Family Farm. Small, friendly, and very vocal, these pigs are perfect for the zoo farm.

There is a new reticulated giraffe at the zoo now. 2-year-old male giraffe Ezeji, arrived from the Indianapolis zoo over the winter. Ezeji and Jelani, the herd's bull giraffes, will take turns on exhibit with the females.

The black-footed penguin and the Aldabra giant tortoise exhibits received new landscaping, fencing, and signage.

There's new food at the zoo, too. Service Systems Associates, now offers pizza by the slice, whole pizzas, wraps, and salads. In keeping with the zoo's conservation-minded practices, concessions will use biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils.

"We can't wait to share the new zoo babies - and all our new features - with our half-million guests in 2012," says Zoo director, Anderson. "It's going to be a great season at the zoo!"




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