Check out the rockhoppers, gentoos and king penguins inside the Oceans building! The rockhoppers are the smallest species — the ones with the yellow feathers jutting out from their heads. The gentoos are the middle-sized birds with the plain white stripe across the top of their heads. The king penguins — the second largest of all of the penguin species — are the ones with the distinctive yellow patches on the sides of their heads.
Just 19 walrus live among seven zoos and aquariums in the United States. The Indianapolis Zoo is fortunate to have not just one but two! Aurora is our veteran adult female walrus. She shares her exhibit with Pakak, a male Pacific walrus calf who was found stranded off the coast of Northern Alaska in 2012. Watch this video of Pakak and Aurora interacting for the first time.
Transport yourself to the continent of Asia without ever leaving your computer chair! Amur tigers are the largest of the five surviving tiger species and are native to Russia as well as parts of China and North Korea. Only about 350-400 of these critically endangered animals survive in the wild, with about the same number in human care around the world. Here, you'll get a view of the Zoo's three Amur tigers inside the Tiger Forest presented by Citizens Energy Group exhibit. Learn more about saving tigers.
Step inside the Plains exhibits that our cheetahs and elephants call home. This might be the only time you'll catch up to the speediest of all land mammals! The cheetah exhibit was created to have multiple vistas across the other yards in Plains. Notice also that these majestic creatures have a view of the neighboring elephant exhibit, and with just a few clicks, you can pan around to see them, too! You'll get a bird's eye view of our eight African elephants in the neighboring yards.