Once upon a time, fairy tales shared stories about chivalrous knights fighting dangerous dragons. But in reality, these large lizards do not fly, breathe fire or live in caves near castles. Instead, these fierce reptiles inhabit the tropical savanna forests of Indonesia. But guests at the Indianapolis Zoo have a rare opportunity to see some of these mythical creatures up close during one of the new summer keeper chats.
Now through Labor Day, the Zoo will host daily Meet the Komodo Dragon sessions from 1-3pm in the Wedding Garden at White Rive Read More
What if your home was destroyed by a natural disaster? How would you sleep? Would you and your family be able to survive?
Indonesian forests are home to orangutans, one of the world’s most intelligent and also endangered species. Orangutan habitats are being destroyed by deforestation and natural disasters, posing a major threat to these great apes. As a leader in global conservation, the Indianapolis Zoo recently began a reforestation project in Borneo, Indonesia, to help turn things around for orangutans.
As part of this conservation eff Read More
Take a step back in time to Saturday, June 11, 1988. The average price of a gallon of gas was about 91 cents, George Michael’s single “One More Try” topped the Billboard charts and, of the 98 percent of households with at least one TV set, most it tuned to the Cosby Show. But in Indianapolis, the headline story of the day was the grand opening of the Indianapolis Zoo’s brand new, state-of-the-art facility at White River State Park.
In an era before 24-hour on-demand HD-TV and internet videos, seeing exotic animals up close and personal was Read More
They define the Indianapolis Zoo — the animals that people flock to see day after day.
Yet some might be surprised that many of those furry faces are the same ones that greeted the first guests through the gates of the new Indianapolis Zoo when it opened at White River State Park on June 11, 1988.
Nearly 30 animals have been here since the grand opening of the new Zoo. Whether they’re fan favorites or lesser-known creatures, each of those animals has a unique story.
One of the first animals visitors saw at the new Zoo was California Read More
Global conservation is an integral part of the Indianapolis Zoo’s mission. Through various programs, the Zoo reaches species and ecosystems from the plains of Africa with the Tarangire Elephant Project and the Cheetah Conservation Fund, to the ice caps of the arctic with Polar Bears International, and nearly every continent in between.
Sometimes, Zoo staff members are called upon to assist with projects in the field. So when Dr. Robert Shumaker, the Zoo’s Vice President of Conservation and Life Sciences, was asked to help plan reforestation e Read More
Thousands of guests have already experienced the beauty of butterflies in the Indianapolis Zoo’s all-new exhibit, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group.
This exhibit really is like nothing you’ve ever seen before at the Zoo. We created this space so that guests would be surrounded by color and wonder in a tropical paradise that they’d never want to leave. And to get people’s attention, we created an amazing 3-D art installation in front of White River Gardens that gives guests a sneak preview of what’s inside.
If you have Read More
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