FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Saki monkeys, renovations, and rain, oh my!

Saturday marks the opening day of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It started out with a rainy forecast, but that couldn’t stop families from reuniting with animals for the zoo’s 58th year.

The day kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with a DJ in the plaza, and Peacock Café opened early for morning beverages. The official opening at 9 a.m. was celebrated with a ribbon cutting and a children’s choir singing the national anthem.

Guests can expect to be greeted by some changes to the zoo, starting with the front entrance. It’s been repainted to better reflect the zoo’s orange, yellow, and green color scheme.

Right outside the Indonesian Rain Forest exhibit, new animals and interactive elements have been added. There is also a new exhibit in the central zoo featuring Saki monkeys.

“We can’t wait for guests to come out and celebrate spring at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo,” says Executive Director Rick Schuiteman. “Guests are going to notice the biggest changes at the front entrance, and we can’t wait to see their excitement.”