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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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...

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...