Fort Wayne zoo plans revamp of Australian exhibit

(Fort Wayne Children's Zoo photo)

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is starting a fundraising drive toward paying for a planned $7 million makeover of its Australian Adventure area.

The zoo's plans include adding a stingray exhibit, new reptiles, a creek where children can play in the water and an ice cream shop. Zoo officials say $5 million has already been raised through donations and endowments and that the public's help is now being sought.

The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel report the Australian Adventure area first opened in 1987.

While it has been popular, zoo director Jim Anderson says the project aims to reimagine the exhibit area.

A remodeled entryway is expected to be ready when the zoo opens to the public for the season on Saturday.

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