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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Indianapolis Zoo needs you so that we can continue to make a real difference for the natural world. Your donation is an investment in yourself, your community, your world, and your Indianapolis Zoo. Consider making a gift to help with our conservation, research, exhibition, and education efforts.​

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You can also send your donation by mail. Just fill out our Mail-In Donation form and send it to:

Institutional Advancement
Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

For more information about making a gift, please contact​​​​ 317-630-2049 or 317-630-2025.​

All checks should be made out to the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

The Indianapolis Zoo is a proud recipient of GuideStar's Gold Rating. GuideStar​ provides trusted information about nonprofit organizations to help people make confident charitable decisions.  

​​​Ways to Show Your Support

Animal Ami​go​​​​

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. Be an Amigo for a year or give an Amig​​o as a gift!​Contact 317-630-2049 or for more information.

Donations of $50 or more receive:

  • Certificate of thanks

  • Animal photo

  • Limited edition Amigo trading card

  • Plush animal (Featured Amigo only)

  • Recognition on the Animal Amigo board and in the Annual Report

Donations of $100 or more receive:

  • The above, plus

  • Choice of the following plush animal: bald eagle, brown bear, cheetah, cownose ray, dolphin, elephant, flamingo, giraffe, lion, meerkat, penguin, red panda, rhino, scarlet macaw, sea lion, tiger, tortoise, walrus, zebra or the featured Animal Amigo.

Donations of $200 or more receive:

  • The above, plus

  • Invitation to Early Morning Walkabout event

Gifts and GroupsAnimal Amigo donations make great gifts. You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. However, please note that only one of each item will be enclosed per Animal Amigo packet.

Featured Amigo: Sea Lion

As you enter the Zoo, often the first animals you see and hear are the California sea lions. Holly and Joy, two of our active young sea lions, joined our family in December 2013. Holly was found stranded along the California Coast and, during her rehabilitation, rescuers noticed that she wasn't eating regularly and also displayed some behavioral issues. While she eventually regained her health, rescuers determined she wouldn't be able to survive on her own in the wild. Meanwhile, Joy was born at a stranding center where her mother was receiving treatment for a health condition called red tide. Because Joy's mother was sick and unable to care for her, she could not learn the skills needed to be released in the wild.

Both Holly and Joy are now thriving here. Our Zookeepers work with Joy, who turned 4 years old this past summer, to learn basic manners and patience while Holly, who is about a year older and more mature, is learning behaviors that will assist with her care. If you stop by the underwater viewing window in Oceans, you may get a visit from Joy, who loves interacting there with guests and keepers!

The Animal Amigo program supports the care of our California sea lions like Holly and Joy and all the animals at the Indianapolis Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement. Your support of the Animal Amigo program demonstrates your commitment to preserving all threatened and endangered species and helping fulfill the Indianapolis Zoo's mission to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

What You Get!


Sponsor Holly or Joy for the holiday season!

For a $50 donation, sponsor Holly or Joy and you will receive a Sea lion plush, photo, certificate, sunglasses and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*

Sponsor Holly and Joy!

For a $75 donation, sponsor Holly and Joy and you will receive a two Sea lion plush, photo, certificate, sunglasses and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*​

Want to sponsor a different animal?

For a donation of $100 or more, sponsor one of the following animals: elephant, brown bear, tiger, eagle, cownose ray, dolphin, flamingo, lion, meerkat, orangutan, ring-tailed lemur or zebra. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*

*Animal Amigo donor board is located on Zoo grounds inside the Oceans building and updated each March for the previous year's donors. [close]

​Conservation Club

Donor Memberships

Make an impact, become a donor member!

Donor memberships of $300 or more are tax deductible less the value of the membership ($184). Members at the donor level enjoy membership to the Zoo and White River Gardens for their family and four guests, as well as special donor benefits. If you would like to mail in your donation, click here​ to print out the giving slip. Proceeds from donor memberships help support the animal conservation mission of the Indianapolis Zoo. 

Levels and Benefits of Support                                                                               

Keeper's Circle ($300-$599)

  • One year of FREE admission for two adults and all (grand)children under 21 PLUS four guests per visit; 

  • Discounted tickets to Zoobilation;

  • Three early Saturday admissions per year;

  • Invitations to exclusive donor events;

  • FREE subscription to the Inside the Zoo donor magazine;

  • FREE admission to Christmas at the Zoo, Halloween ZooBoo, and Animals and All That Jazz;

  • FREE parking during regular operating hours;

  • 20 percent discount on guest admission; and

  • 15 percent discount on most items at the gift shops.

Curator's Circle ($600-$899)
  • All of the benefits above; and

  • Four ride tickets per year.

Director's Circle ($900-$1,249)
  • All of the benefits above; and

  • FREE stroller rental​. [close]

​Gift of Grub

Give the Gift of Grub!
The Indianapolis Zoo is committed to providing the best in nutrition to our animals, including a well-balanced and varied diet and special enrichment treats. To feed the many beaks, mouths, trunks and bills at the Indianapolis Zoo each year, it costs $400,000 -- imagine that grocery list!

Please give the Gift of Grub today!

The Indianapolis Zoo receives no direct tax support and your generous contribution will help to fulfill the wish list of our animals here at the Indianapolis Zoo. Thank you in advance for your support.

Give Grub​ [close]

Lowell Nussbaum Society

Journalist Lowell B. Nussbaum was not satisfied to simply imagine a zoo in Indianapolis. He helped found the Zoological Society on Oct. 24, 1944. For the next eleven years he helped plan the future of the Zoo. The Indianapolis Zoo has named its donor society in Mr. Lowell Nussbaum's honor and it recognizes supporters who make an annual gift of $1,250 or more. The vision of Mr. Nussbaum and the founders of our Zoo lives on today through our friends who help make the dream a reality with generous financial support.

Donor Memberships 

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Levels of Benefits and Support

Chairman's Circle ($1,250-$2,499)

  • All of the Gift Club benefits above;

  • One private behind-the-scenes experience;

  • Early ticket purchase option for Zoobilation;

  • Invitations to Zoo openings, lectures, and sneak previews;

  • Invitations to exclusive Nussbaum Society events; and

  • Recognition at the annual appreciation dinner.

Naturalist's Circle ($2,500-$4,999)
  • All of the benefits above; and

  • Facility rental discount.

Guardian's Circle ($5,000-$9,999)
  • All of the benefits above; and

  • Private tour and lunch.

Conservationist's Circle ($10,000-$24,999)
  • All of the benefits above; and

  • Meet & greet with Zoo president, Mike Crowther.

Steward's Circle ($25,000 and above)
  • All of the benefits above; and

  • Private gathering with a Zoo leader. 

For more information about your donation to the Lowell Nussbaum Society:

Ms. Julie McDearmon, Director of Institutional Advancement
(317) 630-2703
Join the Lowell Nussbaum Society​ or renew your Lowell Nussbaum Society membership.​

​Gifts in Kind

You can support the animal conservation mission of the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens through a non-cash donation of goods or services.  The Zoo accepts a wide variety of non-cash goods and services throughout the year from individuals and businesses. 

For the health and safety of our Zoo animals, the Indianapolis Zoo is unable to accept animal donations. Please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

To make an in-kind donation, please call or e-mail us at:
(317) 630-2049 

Gifts of Stock 

Should you wish to transfer stock by electronic transfer to fund your gift to the Indianapolis Zoo, you or your financial advisor may contact our broker:

City Securities
c/o First Clearing, LLC
10700 Wheat First Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23060
DTC # :  0141

Indianapolis Zoological Society
Account Number:  62932174
Contact Name: Evan Griffin, City Securities

Contact Number: 317-808-7146
Contact Email:
Indianapolis Zoological Society's Tax ID: 35-1074747

If you are in possession of your stock certificates, or if you simply want more information about using securities to support the animal conservation mission of the Zoo and Gardens, please contact:

Ed Sandifer
Planned and Major Gifts Officer
(317) 630-2709​

Thank you for your generosity. Your support helps us connect animals, plants and people.  


Honor and Memorial Gifts

Making a tribute gift for friends and family 

Honor and memorial gifts are a wonderful tribute that will impact the lives of many animals, plants, and people. In addition to supporting exhibits and the Indianapolis Zoo's animal conservation mission, your contribution will provide educational programs like our innovative distance learning curriculum -- a two-way interactive adventure that brings the Zoo into classrooms across Indiana, the nation and the world.

Special naming opportunities such as benches and planters are available within the Zoo and Gardens to honor friends and family.

To make an honor or memorial gift or for more information on special opportunities, please contact us at 317-630-2049 or​​.   



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