Kids' Zoo Set to Renovate Jungle Lab Classroom

Jul 17, 2015

Kim Sabrosky from Indiana Michigan Power presents a $75,000 gift to the zoo's director, Jim Anderson. Children from the zoo's summer camp watched the press conference.
Credit Lisa Ryan / WBOI News

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will renovate a 21-year-old classroom called the Jungle Lab.

It's deep in the Indonesian rain forest exhibit, past the monkeys and tigers, and now, the lab is set for a facelift. The Jungle Lab brings in students during field trips and summer camp to learn about animals in an interactive environment.

The $75,000 renovation gift comes from the American Electric Power Foundation.

Erica Putt, a spokeswoman for AEP and Indiana Michigan Power, says the foundation donates money for programs that help build students’ science and math skills.

“The American Electric Foundation places a strong emphasis on STEM education, and we really feel that the zoo exemplifies that through their programs and hands-on training that they provide for kids throughout our community,” Putt said.

The zoo’s education manager says she isn’t sure when the renovations will be done, but she hopes it gets started as soon as possible. Educational activities will take place in other locations during construction.