Noticed a bunch of very observant students with clipboards near the animal exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo recently? Well if you have, you’ve probably seen some of our Science Investigators who are taking part in our Science Investigator workshops for school groups that the Zoo launched this spring.
The workshops at the Hix Institute for Education are geared toward pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade students and help motivate them to investigate and observe animals to gain a better understanding of science.
“The workshops give kids the opportu Read More
Each year, on the second Saturday of May, people from more than 65 countries celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. In 2013, World Migratory Bird Day is May 11. This day recognizes the greatest natural spectacle in our world today, bird migration.
At this time of year, about 50 billion birds — about 19 percent of the world’s bird population — are making the arduous journey from their southern wintering grounds to their northern breeding grounds. This journey can cover well over 35,000 miles annually for some species, while others migrate much sh Read More
There’s always something beautiful and exciting waiting for you in White River Gardens — come check it out!
That’s the message behind a new art installation near the entrance to the Indianapolis Zoo. It’s an awe-inspiring 3-D mural complete with vibrant, oversized butterfly sculptures and a lifelike image of the outdoor gardens. The installation is so big and bright that you can easily see it as you approach the Zoo on West Washington Street, and it offers a cheery welcome to guests visiting the Zoo and Gardens.
These colorful creations wer Read More
What has over 2,800 members, has a lot of spares and helps protect rhinos? That would be the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK). The AAZK is a non-profit volunteer organization mainly made up of professional zookeepers. Their main mission is to advance excellence in the zookeeping profession and promote the preservation of natural resources and animal life. One way they do this is through an event called Bowling for Rhinos.
Bowling for Rhinos is fun, family-oriented, fundraising event started by the AAZK in 1990. Since then, AAZK chap Read More
If you’ve ever seen a Monarch butterfly in person, you know how stunning and delicate they are. Unfortunately, their delicate nature leaves them extremely vulnerable when drastic weather changes and plant devastation occur.
Each spring Monarchs migrate approximately 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada, flying 75 miles each day in 8-hour periods and making stops along their incredible journey to feed. In human terms, this journey would equal 450 million miles! A single butterfly can’t complete the full trip in its lifetime; instead, the Monarch Read More
When you’re wildlife watching at the Indianapolis Zoo, how much attention do you pay to the animals’ feet? Do you pause to stare at paws? Look for hooves? Focus on flippers?
If you’re like most guests, you probably don’t take much time to really survey an animal’s feet. But our keepers and vets do.
Our keepers watch each of our animals closely, looking them over each day and providing regular check-ups to ensure they’re all happy and healthy. And inspecting the animals’ feet is a good way to determine their overall wellbeing.
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You and your family are invited to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring at the Indianapolis Zoo’s first-ever Easter at the Zoo on March 31 from 9am-5pm.
At the Zoo, we’re always looking for fun new ways to celebrate with our guests. Many people don’t realize that the Zoo is open year-round, and Easter at the Zoo is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy all the Zoo has to offer outside of the popular summer months!
Because spring is a time of new beginnings, what better time than Easter to highlight the Zoo’s newest arrivals? The Zo Read More
Here at the Zoo, the Hix Institute for Research and Conservation has had a lot of success teaching kids about the importance of conservation through games — especially BIG games like Tropical Topple, our 6-foot-tall Jenga-like game that teaches kids about the interconnectedness of species, as well as Polar Bear Plunge, our larger than life version of Don’t Break the Ice that teaches kids some simple things they can do to help protect polar bears in the wild.
To help celebrate the opening of Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energ Read More
Even the smallest animals born are always a big thrill for everyone here at the Indianapolis Zoo. What makes an addition even more special is when it’s a first for our institution, and one recent birth gave our staff the chance to mark a few firsts.
On the morning of Feb. 24, keepers in our Oceans exhibit came in to find that, sometime during the night, a cownose ray had given birth to a male pup — the first cownose ray ever born at the Indianapolis Zoo.
“Of course it’s very exciting,” Oceans Area Manager Karen Waterfall said of the birth. Read More
There’s good news out of the CITES meeting in Thailand. As a follow up to our blog posting on the increasing dangers to sharks, the news from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is that on March 11, both sharks and manta rays received protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). According to the Service’s news release, CITES member nations voted to increase protections for five species of sharks as well as two species of manta rays.
As reported by UFSW, “Leading up to and duri Read More