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Sunrise Children’s Zoo will not open this summer

For more than 40 years, the Sunrise Children's Zoo in Waterloo has been a popular stop for thousands of kids and families.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, the zoo, located on the National Cattle Congress grounds, will not be open this year.

The Sunrise Children's Zoo has been home to 'Live' animals from May-September each year.

Admission has always been free, thanks to the enduring sponsorship of the Sunrise Exchange Club.

But, this year, Sunrise Exchange Club President, John Waychoff, says the organization had to make the tough decision to not open the popular children's zoo.

In addition, Club President, John Waychoff, says a generous grant from the Schoitz Foundation enabled the Sunrise Exchange Club to make several major improvements to the zoo in recent months. The club was looking forward to showing off the improvements to the community.

The animals are donated every summer by an area farmer. Zoo patrons have been treated to the likes of a peacock, donkeys, ducks, goats, chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, and even a baby horse. Kids are thrilled, as they get the chance to feed the animals.

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Ron Steele

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