Conservation
Conservation

Saving Species Locally and Globally

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Our Conservation Mission

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

From recycling cans, cardboard and manure, to increasing the population of African elephants and rare iguanas, here’s a taste of what the Indianapolis Zoo is doing to ensure the continued conservation of the natural world and wildlife across the globe.

The Indianapolis Prize

The World's Leading Award for Animal Conservation

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Where in the World?
Learn about our conservation efforts around the globe.
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Going Green at the Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo promotes sustainability.
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GLOBAL CONSERVATION
Learn about our work in the field!

One of the keystones of the Indianapolis Zoo’s commitment to conservation is to support efforts around the world to save wildlife and wild places that are in danger.

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GLOBAL CONSERVATION
Zoo Trips
Travel and experience the wonders of nature with the Indianapolis Zoo.
Three-toed sloth in Central and South America
Panama
Bursting with tropical wildlife
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Elephant at Sunset
Kenya
Open spaces with wild encounters
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Indianapolis Chapter
American Association of Zoo Keepers
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AAZK

AAZK is dedicated to providing a continuing educational resource for animal care professionals and promoting participation in conservation efforts.

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Conservation News
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Round Up for Conservation
Round Up for Conservation

Did you know your spare change can make a big difference for conservation? Next time you’re visiting the Zoo and...

Ray’s Remarkable Legacy
Ray’s Remarkable Legacy

When guests got a glimpse of Ray, who was one of the five California sea lions here at the Indianapolis Zoo, it was...

Meet Our New Giraffe
Meet Our New Giraffe

The Zoo’s newest addition will certainly make a sizable impression when guests meet her in the spring! Kita is a...

Rehabilitating Radiated Tortoises
Rehabilitating Radiated Tortoises

Ask Andrew Ahl what his favorite animal is, and the response comes quickly — tortoises! So having the opportunity to...

Creating Connections with Walrus
Creating Connections with Walrus

By Erika Allen Senior Marine Mammal Trainer Getting to know walrus has been one of the highlights of my career...

Meet a Zookeeper for Dolphins
Meet a Zookeeper for Dolphins

When guests attend a dolphin presentation at the Indianapolis Zoo, they are quickly introduced to one of the dolphins and...

International Conservation Grants
International Conservation Grants

Conservation is at the heart of the Indianapolis Zoo‘s mission and through this year’s grant program, we’re supporting researchers protecting...

Indianapolis Prize Finalists Announced
Indianapolis Prize Finalists Announced

Officials from the Indianapolis Prize — the world’s leading award for animal conservation — are thrilled to announce six champions...

Protecting Walrus
Protecting Walrus

By Erika Allen Senior Marine Mammal Trainer As a Senior Marine Mammal Trainer at the Indianapolis Zoo, caring for our marine...