Help Support The Zoo's Animal Conservation Mission
The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. The Zoo has been an integral part of the community since it first opened in 1964. It was the first resident in White River State Park, and is the anchor for this cultural district. While the goal of the Zoo has always been focused on providing the highest quality of care to the animals and to further enlighten the community on conservation issues, it also provides economic value and adds to the quality of life for the Central Indiana region. It is the most visited cultural attraction in the city, exceeding attendance of the Pacers and Colts combined, and is ranked as one of the top 10 zoos in the nation through Trip Advisors Best Destinations of 2010.
The Zoo serves over one million visitors annually, primarily from Marion and the surrounding counties. More than 85 percent of visitors come from within the state of Indiana. The membership base of 35,000 member households is one of the highest for cultural institutions in the state. And, it is one of the few zoos in the nation that does not receive direct tax support for operations. With an operating budget of $23.7 million and a staff of 184 full-time employees, we provide the highest standards of care to 1,200 animal specimens representing 215 species.
The Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, meeting the highest standards for zoos and aquariums in the country. It is also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
For more information about corporate membership and donation opportunities, please contact Becca Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-630-2025. For more information about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kortni Fennig at email@example.com or 317-630-2009.