Faces of Tourism Story


Fort Wayne Children's Zoo (Fort Wayne)

​I’ve worked at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for nearly forty years – starting as a train driver on summer breaks during college and working my way up to Zoo Director. During the time I have worked here, we have served 17 million guests.

Our mission is to connect kids with animals and that’s what we do every day. Children can pet a goat, ride a pony and even feed a giraffe! That’s an experience that stays with you for a lifetime.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo receives many national and international accolades, but for me, the biggest reward is seeing families enjoying time together in the beautiful, natural environment we have created for them.