Polly H. Hix Institute for Research and Conservation

​​​​​​​​​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

#MyIndyPrize Video Contest​

Calling all budding conservationists: Your passion for animals could help you win the #MyIndyPrize Video Contest! The Indianapolis Prize​ and Indianapolis Star are partnering up to launch the video contest​ that is putting a spotlight on teens who are on their way to becoming tomorrow's conservation heroes! The contest kicked off on Endangered Species Day, May 16. And the deadline has now been extended to give more young animal lovers a change to enter!

The contest includes creating a two-minute video submission about animal conservation that addresses these three points:​​

What specific species is in danger and why? What can we do to help them?
Why is the Indianapolis Prize important?​
​What does animal conservation mean to you?

Each video will be submitted through YouTube and will then be added to the Indianapolis Prize’s YouTube page on a playlist of all other submissions. There is a junior division ages 11-14 and a senior division ages 15-18. A winner from each division will be chosen and receive tickets to the Meet a Hero event at the Indianapolis Zoo where their video will be looping, four tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo and a Sony Handycam Camcorder from Roberts Camera! To enter, visit the My Indy Prize page on the Indianapolis Star’s website and fill out a form including the link to the video. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59pm on Sept. 15.

The Indianapolis Prize is the world's leading award given to a conservationist who has gone above and beyond for a species of animal every other year. The prize includes a $250,000 award along with the Lilly Medal. The 2014 Indianapolis Prize winner is Dr. Patricia Wright on May 13, 2014. She works as a conservationist in Madagascar in an effort to save the lemurs as well as their rainforest habitat.​