Potawatomi Zoo closes for what was a record-breaking season

(photo supplied/Potawatomi Zoo)

The Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend officially closes for the season on Sunday, Nov. 27, marking the end to a remarkably successful 2016 season.

The season began with the distinction of being named an Association of Zoos & Aquariums Quarter Century Award recipient, a prestigious award recognizing Zoos and Aquariums that have been AZA-accredited continuously for 25 years or more; and is ending with both attendance numbers and animal resident numbers up significantly from prior years.

In addition to record breaking attendance with a 3.4% visitor increase to the Zoo over 2015 year-to-date, and the addition of more than 100 animal residents, the Zoo was proud to announce the birth of two rare Amur leopard cubs, an expanded Keeper Experience program designed to bring guests closer to Ambassador Animal species, the addition of multiple mixed species exhibits, and the opening of the Endangered Species Carousel.

The Zoo will be open from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on December 17 for their first winter day of the season. Guests can visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause, participate in holiday-themed crafts, and ride the Zoo Train (weather permitting) or Endangered Species Carousel.

Admission is $5.50 and Zoo members are free. For more information on the Potawatomi Zoo please call 574-235-9800 or visit their website.

The Zoo officially opens for the 2017 season on March 31st.

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