​​​​​​​Art at the Zoo

There's no better way to enhance your visit to the Zoo than with art created especially for you by Kaman's Art Shoppes, Inc.​​​, the official art concessionaire of the Indianapolis Zoo. Kaman's has multiple kiosks conveniently located throughout the Zoo offering a beautiful variety of services. Choose from photographs and caricatures to remember your day with family and friends or a custom face painting. Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind souvenir or just wanting to bring out the animal in you, Kaman's artists will help you create the perfect artistic expression! Check out all their services:


• Photography
• Handimals
• Face painting
• Caricatures
• Airbrush and glitter tattoos​

Emergency & Security Services

The security staff of the Indianapolis Zoo are trained as first responders for emergency medical situations. Should you have an emergency, please contact our security staff at the first aid station located near the Carousel or ask any staff member for help. In case of dangerous weather, the Zoo's indoor exhibit buildings are designated as safe areas.


We offer rentals of strollers, wheelchairs and electric carts on a first-come, first-served basis. The rental counter is located across from the Oceans building in the Entry Plaza. Costs are:

• Strollers — $6.75 for a single, $9.75 for a double
• Wheelchairs — $8
• Electric carts — $25

To allow all guests easy access to our exhibits, stroller parking is located outside the Dolphin Pavilion, Encounters aviaries and Hilbert Conservatory. If you have any concerns about security for your stroller, you may wish to consider renting a Zoo stroller for your visit.


​Services for People with Disabilities

The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens are handicap accessible with wheelchair ramps located at all of our exhibits. Wheelchair seating is also available in the Dolphin Pavilion. Please check with a show attendant if you need assistance. Handicap parking is also available for both cars and vans. Service animals are welcome.

Nursing Moms Nest

The Nursing Moms Nest presented by Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is one of the newer amenities at the Indianapolis Zoo. Tucked away in the Encounters Area, the Nursing Moms Nest offers a quiet place for moms to care for and breastfeed their babies in privacy.

This beautifully designed space includes three comfortable nursing rooms, a changing station and wash area, and an activity area where older children can sit and play while mom is breastfeeding nearby. The Nursing Moms Nest is one of only a few such facilities located at Indianapolis-area attractions and was a top priority for the Zoo when designing the Flights of Fancy exhibit. 

Don't just take our word for it. Find out what a nursing mom said about the Nursing Moms Nest in her blog​.

Photography at the Zoo

Guests are encouraged to bring video and still cameras to capture moments from their Zoo visit for private use. When photographing, please be courteous to other guests and allow them to enjoy exhibits as well. Tripods, lighting equipment and other items that might obstruct guests' access to or view of exhibits are not permitted. Guests can also donate their photos to the Zoo for use in publications, website, social media, advertisements and other uses. Photographers will receive a photo ​credit when images are used. If you have a photo you'd like to share, please email a high-resolution .jpe​g file to

Commercial photographers are also welcome to photograph using the Zoo's photography guidelines. Sessions must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. For more information about scheduling a private photography session for your engagement and wedding, senior class portraits, prom and other special occasions, please contact or (317) 630-2008. For media requests, please contact or (317) 630-3257.

Smoking Policy

The Indianapolis Zoo is a smoke-free environment. This policy also includes e-cigarettes.