Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
African Penguins go EXTINCT for one day!
We want to give a big "THANK YOU" to all of our visitors who helped us bring the African penguins back from EXTINCTION during SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction)!
For Endangered Species Day, we wanted to imagine what the world would look like without African Penguins, who are at risk of going extinct! We filled their exhibit with all of the threats they face: pollution, plastic, oil spills, and over-fishing.
Visitors signed their name as a pledge to help save this species by doing small acts in their own lives, such as turning off the lights, only purchasing sustainably harvested fish, and using less fossil fuels. After receiving enough pledges, a few volunteers joined us in cleaning up the exhibit! Thanks to their hard work, the African penguins were saved from extinction!
Learn all about SAFE at www.azaanimals.org/
Ring-necked doves arrive at the aviary!
The aviary has eight new feathered friends waiting to coo at you this summer! Friendly and sociable, ring-necked doves are the perfect addition to the flock.
Originating from Africa, ring-necked doves are named for a dark patch of feathers that circle around their neck. They have gentle personalities, often spending their afternoons softly crooning at passing guests. Don’t be surprised if one of them lands on your finger while trying to nibble at your millet treat this summer!
As with all new animals that arrive to the Zoo, the doves are currently in quarantine, and must be temporarily kept apart from the cockatiels that normally live in the aviary. Once out of quarantine, the other birds will join them in the exhibit on the first weekend of June. While the aviary is not currently open for walkthroughs, you can still observe the doves from outside the exhibit.
We are hoping to create a larger population of our new coo-ing friends through breeding, so be on the lookout for fluffy baby birds.
Andre the kangaroo hops into new home at the Children's Zoo
The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is leaping into the new year with some exciting news—a young Eastern Grey kangaroo is now bounding around the Outback exhibit!
Andre is a two year male kangaroo from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana. He joins Nikki, an Eastern Grey kangaroo that also moved from Fort Wayne to Saginaw back in 2005. Nikki will be turning 17 years old this May, which is quite the achievement for this species, as they have an average lifespan of only 10 years in the wild.
Despite the age difference, the two are warming up to each other nicely. At first it seemed as though Nikki did not appreciate a young and rambunctious whippersnapper leaping about her home. However, zookeepers have now observed them eating, drinking, and exploring together.
For pictures, check out this article at mLive!
Two new male penguins arrive in hopes to breed
The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is excited to announce the arrival of two male African Black-footed penguins! Robben and Bamm-Bamm have traveled all the way from Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York to be paired up with Dewey and Scooter, two of the females who currently reside here at the zoo.
This pairing has been recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of the African Black-footed penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP). Having looked at the genetic lineage of every penguin in every AZA facility, it was decided that these four penguins were destined to meet to help save their species, which is endangered.
Make sure to stop by the penguin exhibit this summer to give these guys a warm welcome!
Animal Stars is CLOSED
Due to the condition of the Animal Stars building, we regret to inform our visitors that we can no longer allow access to it. The animals have been relocated off exhibit until a solution can be found. We hope to bring our visitors face to face with our scaly, creepy, and crawly friends again soon… stay tuned!
March 28th - October 10*
*Closed April 5th (Easter Sunday)
Plus select dates, November through February.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(989) 759-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 28th - October 10th: $5
Price above is per person for adults and children age 1 and up.
Infants 11 months and under: FREE
Children's Zoo Members: FREE
Thrifty Tuesday: $3.50 per person (price not valid for Ticketed Special Events)
Military Discount: $1.50 off admission per person.
In support of our troops, the Zoo is proud to offer Active Duty military and veterans, and their immediate family/direct dependents a discount on admission (with valid military ID)*.
*Active Duty Military discounts are for daytime admission only; not valid during special events, evening fundraisers, or on Thrifty Tuesdays. Dependents of Active Duty Military personnel may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents, and dependent ages 10 and over must present valid dependent I.D.
*Veterans must present a valid Michigan Drivers License/State issued I.D. indicating "veteran" status. Veteran must be present with dependents for them to receive the discount.
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Most of the pathways are paved, allowing easier mobility.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis.
Electronic Convenience Vehicles (Amigos) are available to rent:
$20 Refundable Deposit
$4 for the 1st Hour
$1 per additional 1/2 Hour.
Please call 989-759-1408 to check hours of operation. Snacks and drinks are always available in the Zoo Store.
Train or Carousel: $1 per person, per ride or $5 per person for an unlimited day pass.
Certified service animals are allowed to visit the Zoo. The animal must be in good health and have current vaccinations.
Please be ready to fill out a little paperwork before entering the Zoo with your service animal.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call (989) 759-1408.