FORT WAYNE – Carl Richeson cast his line for trout outside the entrance of the Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo.
If he snagged a trophy fish, forgive the 53-year-old if didnt think of making it a gift to the zoos aquarium.
Nope, hell get deep-fried, said Richeson, a machine operator who fished at Shoaff Lake. I havent been to the zoo since my children were little.
The Fort Wayne resident was in the minority Saturday as nearly 4,000 visitors took advantage of the sunny skies during the zoos Party for the Planet event, which drew attention to conservation efforts.
Zoo Manager Kathy Terlizzi said Saturday was probably the busiest day of the year.
Sunshine and warm weather, she said.
During Saturdays event, six interactive stations were set up throughout the zoo to showcase being kind to the planet.
Reduce, reuse and recycle, Terlizzi said. Thats what they say. This is part of our Earth Day celebration.
Earth Day was officially observed Monday.
On Saturday, city residents Andrew and Christina Miller visited the animal park to give their two sons a chance to view wildlife – although one might have enjoyed the experience a little more.
One is 2 years old, so this is the first year where hell actually know whats going on, Christina Miller said. Our youngest will have to wait one more year.
At the environmental stations, patrons could get free reusable shopping bags, take part in earth trivia and solve riddles, as well as learn how to save money through conservation.
This was just a great day for it, Terlizzi said. Its the first really nice day weve had.
Last year, more than half a million people visited the Fort Waynes Childrens Zoo.
Richeson, meantime, isnt ruling out a visit.
Havent been in a while, he said, but its fun for the kids.