You ‘otter’ go to Columbian Park Zoo’s opening day

FILE - This undated photo shows a sea otter enjoying a dip at the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - This undated photo shows a sea otter enjoying a dip at the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Columbian Park Zoo is set to open its doors for the 2014 spring season Saturday.

Columbian Park Zoo (WLFI Photo)
Columbian Park Zoo (WLFI Photo)

Interim Zoo Director, Dana Rhodes, told News 18 in a release that the members are very excited for the 2014 season.

“This has been a very long, cold winter and we expect people will be very eager to get back outside and enjoy springtime at the zoo and Columbian Park,” Rhodes said. “Of course, we will be expecting new goat kids in the Family Farm soon and that is always a terrific way to start the new season!”

Senior Zookeeper Noah Shields says the harsh winter kept the animals cooped up inside, but now they are basking in the sun and very active.

Wallabies, river otters and bald eagles are just some of the animals on display. Shields said the animals are ready to welcome new visitors.

“You can kind of tell with a couple of our species, especially the species in our walk-through exhibits — like our goats and the ones that typically have contact with people when they come in. They’re are very much looking forward to that,” Shields said. “They are anxious to get people back into the farm lot. The wallabies are anxious to see people walking back through the wallaby exhibit. They are ready just as much as we are.”

Spring hours are 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. The zoo switches to summer hours in early June when it stays open until 7 p.m.

For additional information, visit the Columbian Park Zoo website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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