Conservation

​​The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. 

From recycling cans, cardboard and manure, to increasing the population of African elephants and rare iguanas, here's a taste of what the Indianapolis Zoo is doing to ensure the continued conservation of the natural world and wildlife across the globe.

The Indianapolis Zoo …

  • Purchases 100 percent of its electricity generated from clean, renewable energy sources.
  • Recycles cardboard that rivals the weight of six adult elephants and pallets that equal the average combined height of 98 giraffes.
  • Is the Tarangire Elephant Projects' largest contributor helping to protect the fastest growing population of African elephants on the continent by keeping their migration routes open and free of poachers.
  • Helped establish and support the International Iguana Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that brings all interested parties together and dispenses funding for relevant conservation field studies.
  • Has been successful in breeding the two rarest lizards on Earth, the Grand Cayman Island blue iguana and the Jamaican iguana.
  • Was one of the first institutions to participate in the Species Survival Plan® (SSP).
  • Is partnering with the IUCN – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the world's largest conservation network.
  • Awards the biennial $250,000 Indianapolis Prize, the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world.
  • Offers online tips to help everyone make a difference in our natural world.
  • Participates in Seafood Watch, a program designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.

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