That is a significant event for both zoos. The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is one of only seven zoos in the country that are participating in an effort with the African Wild Dog Conservancy to conserve this endangered animal. You can find out more on the Conservancy's website, including hearing the distinctive sounds made by the dogs.
The South Bend Tribune reported:
New for 2007, the zoo now has African wild dogs and snow leopards as new attractions. The two dogs arrived from Fort Wayne in February and were let outside for the first time for Friday’s opening.
"African wild dogs, it's just a really neat story,” said Marcy Dean, the zoo’s development and marketing manager. “They're endangered in the wild, and we're just so proud to be able to bring them to the Potawatomi Zoo.”