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Zoo offers a look at new attractions

Visitors to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo this season will get their first chance to see the zoo's new lion, Bahati, a 2-year-old who came from the Racine, Wis., zoo.
Visitors to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo this season will get their first chance to see the zoo's new lion, Bahati, a 2-year-old who came from the Racine, Wis., zoo.
Mischief is one of two Tasmanian devils at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Mischief and his brother are on loan from the Australian government.
Mischief is one of two Tasmanian devils at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Mischief and his brother are on loan from the Australian government.
Milton is the more active of two Tasmanian devils that are new attractions at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Milton and his brother are both on loan from the Australian government.
Milton is the more active of two Tasmanian devils that are new attractions at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Milton and his brother are both on loan from the Australian government.
Shiloh, a female sitatunga, a kind of antelope native to marshy areas of central Africa, will have company this year in the African Journey at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Visitors will get to see Bam Bam, a male sitatunga, for this first time this season.
Shiloh, a female sitatunga, a kind of antelope native to marshy areas of central Africa, will have company this year in the African Journey at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Visitors will get to see Bam Bam, a male sitatunga, for this first time this season.
Shelley Scherer
Shelley Scherer
Amber Eagleson
Amber Eagleson
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:01 am

In advance of opening day Saturday, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo provided reporters and photographers with an advance look at some of the new features and animals for the zoo's 52nd season.

Among the highlights:

* This season is the first time visitors will get a look at a pair of Tasmanian Devils on loan from the Australian government. Brothers Milton and Mischief arrived at the zoo in September, but they haven't been available to see in their recently completed habitat until now. Shelley Scherer, the area curator of the central zoo and the Australian Adventure, said that Milton is the more active of the pair. Mischief, his larger and plumper brother, is more likely to be found sleeping in a sunny spot.

* A new male lion, Bahati, has arrived. Bahati, who is 2 years old, was born in a Racine, Wis., zoo. Amber Eagleson, the area curator of African Journey and Indonesian rainforest, said zoo officials hope to continue familiarizing Ina the lioness and Bahati with one another so that they can spend time in the same space before long.

* The new Indiana farm section in the central zoo includes a red-tail hawk, three breeds of specialty pigeons, a peacock, goats and other animals.

* New to the African Journey is Bam Bam, a male sitatunga, a kind of antelope native to marshy areas of central Africa.

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