The Polly H. Hix Institute for Research and Conservation supports the Zoo's current and future conservation programs. The institute is funded by an endowment given to the Indianapolis Zoo by Polly H. Hix. The Hix Institute staff is involved in multiple programs and activities that support the Indianapolis Zoo's conservation mission.
The Zoo's educational programming also falls under the auspices of the Hix Institute. Programs include field trips, school workshops, Zoo camps, special animal experiences, and overnight adventures, among others. Thousands of children each year benefit from the outstanding programs presented by the educators from the Hix Institute.
Hix Institute staff also manages the Zoo's participation in multiple conservation initiatives with the top scientists working all over the world to save endangered animal species.