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Commemorative Benches

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8 in x 2 in
  • 8 in x 2 in Recognition Plaque


10.5 in x 3 in
  • 10.5 in x 3 in Recognition Plaque


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Become a Part of the Zoo You Love!

Recognize a special person in a way that supports the Zoo’s mission and creates a beautiful physical remembrance of your loved one at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Dedicating a bench at the Zoo gives you a unique opportunity to present a thoughtful gift, memorialize or honor a family member or friend and offers a special place where you can come and visit to reflect on cherished memories. Commemorative benches add character to the Zoo campus, enhance the visitor experience with a place to relax while enjoying the wildlife, and provide necessary financial support for the animals who call Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo home.

Commemorative Bench Recognition Plaque Options:

  • 8 in x 2 in Recognition Plaque | $3,500 – These plaques can hold up to 3 lines of text and 20 characters per line.
  • 10.5 in x 3 in Recognition Plaque | $5,000 – These plaques can hold up to 4 lines of text and 28 characters per line.

Ordering Process & Timeline:

Once you place your order, your message will be reviewed by Zoo staff and you will be emailed a proof of the plaque layout to ensure all spellings are correct, and the inscription meets your expectations. These plaques are laser engraved, so character counts are approximate and often a few more letters can be added per line by reducing the font size. If you need assistance with your message, please feel free to reach out to our Donor Relations team at 260-427-6800 x151 or

Once your plaque is approved, it typically takes 3-4 weeks for engraving and installation. Once your nameplate is installed, you will be emailed a photo and details of its location, making it easier to find on your next visit.

With over 80 benches located throughout Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you can choose a bench in an area of the Zoo that’s meaningful to you. These benches are guaranteed to remain intact for no less than 15 years from the time of installation. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to the Donor Relations team.

*Bench inscriptions subject to Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo approval.