TinCaps join in on zoo’s 50th birthday celebration

Staff Writer

    Two of Fort Wayne’s top family attractions — the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo — will team up to celebrate “Zoo Night at the TinCaps” at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
    In honor of the zoo’s 50th birthday season, TinCaps jerseys will feature the face of Bill the lion, one of the zoo’s most popular residents. During the game, the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned to the highest bidders, with the auction proceeds benefitting the zoo. Fans at the game or at home may bid by visiting tincapsjersey.com. Bidding closes at the end of the sixth inning.
    The zoo’s mascot, modeled after Bill the lion, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at 6:30 p.m.  Baseball fans can meet some friendly zoo animals from 7-9 p.m. along Parkview Field’s third base concourse. The evening will be capped off with a post-game fireworks show.
    Fans may get a sneak preview of the “Bill the lion” jerseys at 9:30 a.m. Saturday when TinCaps players T.J. Weir and Taylor Cox (accompanied by Johnny, the TinCaps’ mascot) feed the penguins at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.
    From 10-11:30 a.m., Weir and Cox will sign autographs for fans at the zoo’s Little Poof Plaza, near the Z.O.&O. Railroad Station. Johnny will also be available to meet zoo guests and pose for photos. Fans may also enter a drawing to win a Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo / TinCaps ticket package.

    About the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo: The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s mission is to connect kids and animals, strengthen families and inspire people to care. The zoo is northeast Indiana’s largest tourist attraction, hosting more than 500,000 guests annually. The zoo was named the number seven zoo in the United States and the number 20 zoo in the world by TripAdvisor; received the 2014 and 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award; was voted Indiana’s number one “Gotta-Do Summer Attraction”; and is consistently named one of the nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids by national media outlets.
    The zoo is a conservation leader, contributing more than $80,000 annually to local, regional and international efforts to protect wild animals and habitats, and participating in cooperative management programs for 91 endangered species and taxa. The zoo was named Northeast Indiana’s Sustainable Business of the Year in 2014.
    As a self-supporting facility, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo receives no tax dollars for operations.  The zoo’s operations are funded entirely by earned revenue and donations.
    The zoo is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; last admission at 5 p.m.; exhibits, rides and buildings close at 5:30 p.m.m while the grounds close at 6 p.m. The zoo is open seven days a week through October 11, 2015. Admission is $14 for adults; $10.50 for seniors age 60 and older; and $9 for children ages 2-18. Babies age 1 and younger and Zoo Society Members are admitted free.
    About the Fort Wayne TinCaps: The Fort Wayne TinCaps play their home games at Parkview Field, located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Parkview Field has been rated the number one Minor League venue in the United States three of the last four years.
    For a list of remaining TinCaps home games and for ticket information, log on TinCapsTickets.com and for general TinCaps information and promotional information head to TinCaps.com.