Conservation
Conservation

Saving Species Locally and Globally

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Our Conservation Mission

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.

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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Lights Out at the Zoo
Lights Out at the Zoo

Published May 7, 2021 By Dr. Mimi KesslerBird Coordinator, Global Center for Species Survival Each spring, birds fly hundreds of...

Rare Tortoise Hatches in Deserts
Rare Tortoise Hatches in Deserts

Published April 27, 2021 We’re thrilled to introduce the newest member of our Deserts family, a rare northern spider tortoise! ...

Earth Day 2021
Earth Day 2021

Published April 22, 2021 Earth Day 2021 is an opportunity for us to be more aware of the impact our...

Celebrating forests and the species and people who rely on them
Celebrating forests and the species and people who rely on them

Published March 3, 2021 Forests cover nearly a third of the Earth’s land surface and are central to sustaining life. In Indiana, Hoosier...

Indianapolis Zoo Awards Global Conservation Grants
Indianapolis Zoo Awards Global Conservation Grants

Published March 2, 2021 The Indianapolis Zoo has awarded several conservation projects for its 2021 Conservation Grant Program totaling nearly...

Celebrating Conservationists on International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Celebrating Conservationists on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Published Feb. 11, 2021 Female scientists are making incredible contributions in the field of animal conservation. Their dedication and passion...

Indianapolis Zoo and IUCN SSC Announce International Team for the New Global Center for Species Survival
Indianapolis Zoo and IUCN SSC Announce International Team for the New Global Center for Species Survival

Published Jan. 19, 2021 The Indianapolis Zoo has hired a team of internationally known experts to amplify efforts to protect...

Round Up for Conservation 2020
Round Up for Conservation 2020

Published Jan. 10, 2020 How can small change make a big difference for conservation? Through the Zoo’s Round Up for...

Orangutans Provide Insight into Human Speech Development
Orangutans Provide Insight into Human Speech Development

New research, led by scientists from the Indianapolis Zoo and the University of St Andrews, shows that great apes can...

Protecting Africa’s Elephants
Protecting Africa’s Elephants

African elephants have been a long-time part of the Plains family at the Indianapolis Zoo, and each individual has an...