Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you the same thing: there is a six-year-old trapped inside me. Wait, you know what? That’s not entirely accurate. That six-year-old isn’t trapped – he is set loose upon this world quite a bit (often to the dismay of my wife). And where better to unleash a child than at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo?
Now, you might not think that’s odd, but I should mention we don’t have kids yet. Then why the Children’s Zoo, you ask? Well, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been a big part of my life for my entire life. I remember all of the field trips to the zoo when I was in elementary school. I remember the Great Zoo Halloween when I dressed up as a three-headed demon. I remember working there the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. All great memories, sure, but what is it about the zoo that keeps me coming back?
Remember how you used to feel when you experienced something for the first time as a child, before learning became education? When you knew everything there was to know about lions (and made sure everyone else did too)? When you loved monkeys so much your room became a nature preserve? That wonder and joy doesn’t have to die as we grow older – I’ve managed to hold on to it all these years. I think anyone who loves nature and loves animals has held on to it too. It’s certainly because of it that conservation efforts exist, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a leader in conservation and preservation. When you support the zoo, you’re not only supporting one facility, you’re supporting a larger, global effort to protect our planet and so many of the creatures that live here.
And, for those of you who enjoy the outdoors, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a fantastic place to get out in the open and stretch your legs. Sure, a walk through the neighborhood is nice, but it certainly doesn’t compare to an African Journey, an Indonesian Rainforest, or an Australian Adventure.
It’s so important to remember what we loved as kids and carry those things into adulthood. Yes, there are jobs and mortgages and bills to worry about, but even if it’s just for an afternoon, you can remember what it was like to sit in the grass and soak up the sun without a care in the world. And, at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you’ll even have some ring-tailed lemurs to keep you company.