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

​​​Ways to Show Your Support

Animal Ami​go​​​​

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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.

Featured Amigo: Ring-tailed Lemur​

On April 2, 2017, our ring-tailed lemur troop grew by two! Mom Bree gave birth to curious twin boys, Rooney and Quigley, making Teagan a big sister. An experienced mom, Bree takes a relaxed but attentive approach to her twins. Now that Rooney and Quigley are completely weaned, they are both very independent. Often found playfully snatching bananas and grapes from others, the twins enjoy exploring on their own and interacting with the rest of the troop of seven lemurs, including dad Finnegan.

Native to the island of Madagascar, these endangered animals live in large, highly social groups led by a dominant female. Following a pregnancy that lasts around 20 weeks, females typically give birth to a single infant, though twins will happen occasionally, making Rooney and Quigley's arrival extra special!

Although males often leave the troop once they reach maturity, females typically remain in the same family group throughout their lifetime. In fact, Teagan, Bree's daughter born in 2013, is still part of the Zoo's troop and is regularly grooming Bree and the youngsters.

The Animal Amigo program supports the care of Rooney and Quigley, the rest of our ring-tailed lemurs and all the animals at the Indianapolis Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, enrichment items and habitat improvements. Your support of the Animal Amigo program demonstrates your commitment to preserving all threatened and endangered species and helps fulfill the Indianapolis Zoo's mission to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

What You Get!

Sponsor Rooney or Quigley!

For a $50 donation, sponsor Rooney or Quigley and you will receive a ring-tailed lemur plush, photo, certificate, sunglasses and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*

Double the fun — sponor Rooney and Quigley!

For a $75 donation, sponsor the pair! You will receive a two ring-tailed lemur 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, California sea lion 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. 
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. [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 ($205). 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;

  • Invitations to exclusive donor events;

  • Insider infortmation and publications;

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

  • FREE parking during regular operating hours;

  • Discount on guest admission; and

  • Discount at the gift shops.

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

  • Four ride tickets per year.

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

  • FREE stroller rental​. [close]

Donate by Mail

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

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​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.

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

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
DTC number: 0793
Indianapolis Zoological Society
Account Number: 24283649
Contact Name: Evan Griffin
Contact Phone: 317-808-7146
Contact E-mail:
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 Zoo, 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. [close] 

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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Start giving back to the Zoo with your next online purchase! Simply visit and select "Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc." from the list of available organizations. Then continue your online shopping. (HINT: If you're a frequent online shopper, you can even bookmark the AmazonSmile page for easier access.) When you complete your purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible items back to the Zoo. It's just that easy! [close]​​

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​Donor-Privacy Policy

All information concerning donors or prospective donors, including but not limited to their names, addresses and telephone numbers, email addresses, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, shall be kept strictly confidential by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., its staff and volunteers, unless permission is obtained from donors to release such information.​