Kangal Shepards
Kangal Shepards
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ABout Kangal Shepards

KANGAL DOGS ARE USED TO PROTECT LIVE STOCK FROM PREDATORS IN THE WILD.

They were brought to the Zoo to educate guests about Cheetah Conservation. If kangals protect live stock from being preyed by cheetahs, farmers won’t shoot and kill cheetahs. Learn more about the Indianapolis Zoo’s conservation efforts at the Kangal Dog and Cheetah Keeper Chats.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
28-32'' tall, weigh 100-150 lbs
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Native Region
Turkey
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Eating Habits
Dog food
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Conservation status
Stable
Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO
The Kangal Shepherd is located in the Plains Exhibit.
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Additional Experiences
Kangal Dog Chat
Many people have never seen or even heard of a Kangal shepherd, but these amazing dogs are playing a key role in animal conservation.

Kangal dogs are being used in Africa to guard domestic livestock from cheetah predation, which makes killing the cheetahs unnecessary. You’ll get to meet our own dogs, brother and sister duo Solo and Ayla, who demonstrate the abilities of these interesting canine.

All-Star Dog Challenge
Get ready for the high-flying fun of the All-Star Dog Challenge!

You’ll be amazed by these unbelievably agile dogs of all breeds and sizes performing aerial tricks and other fascinating behaviors. Presentations are held in the arena presented by DairyPure and TruMoo and includes a fun, educational message to teach the importance of animal adoption. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Current Presentation Time: Out of season

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Meet the Kangal Dogs
Meet the Kangal Dogs

Dogs, everyone knows they’re man’s best friend. But did you know they can also be cheetahs’ best friend? Meet Solo and Ayla,...