Smoking Environment - The Indianapolis Zoo
and White River Gardens are non-smoking environments. Visitors
are required to extinguish all smoking materials before entering
Emergencies - All members of the Security
Staff of the Indianapolis Zoo are trained as
First Responders. Should you have an emergency, please contact
our Security Staff at the front of the Zoo or ask any staff
member for help.
Hand Washing –
In areas where there is direct contact with animals, it is
very important that visitors use the hand
sanitizers placed at the exits of these areas. This will
help protect you and our animals from illness. Look for
the hand washing stations at the Giraffe
Feeding area, Flights of Fancy presented by Citizens Energy
Group, shark petting, and Kangal dog demonstration area.
No Food or
Beverage - To protect the health and
safety of our visitors and animals, no food or beverages are
permitted inside animal contact areas. In addition, no
straws, cup lids or balloons are permitted on Zoo grounds.
You may leave your meal items in your vehicle where they can be
retrieved and eaten at one of our picnic areas near the Zoo
entrance, or you can leave Zoo grounds for a meal. Just be
sure to keep your receipt for re-entry anytime on that day.
Bottled water and refillable water cups are accepted.
Hot Weather –
On those really hot summer days, don’t forget to take
advantage of the misters on Zoo grounds. There is one
stationed in the Forests Biome and one in the Plains Biome.
The Splash Park presented by
Kroger is a great place to cool down the kids with the
spouting water jets, and a good place to cool off the adults
with the big mister fan. The kids will get wet, so be
sure to have an extra set of clothes. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated
on hot days – don’t hesitate to come to the Café on the Commons
and ask for a glass of ice water if you need it. There are
beverage and snack carts located at various spots throughout the
Zoo – look for cold beverages, ice cream treats, or our favorite
– frozen lemonade.
Fences and Railings –
Please parents and
adults – we ask that you do not place your children on top of the rocks or let
them climb up the fences or up the railings. These
barriers are there for your protection and to protect the
animals from the visitors! For everyone’s health, don’t
put your children in a position where they can be hurt
accidentally by falling off a rock or fence or getting too close
to an animal. We appreciate your help!