Conservation
Conservation

Saving Wild Things and Wild Places

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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

The Association of Zoo Keepers is dedicated to providing a continuing educational resource for animal care professionals and promoting participation in conservation efforts.

The volunteer-led Indianapolis chapter hosts meetups and fundraisers, including the Bowling For Rhinos that raises thousands annually to support the conservation of endangered rhino species.

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Conservation News
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Helping Hellbenders
Helping Hellbenders

Published August 25, 2021 By Dr. Nikki Roach Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Coordinator, Global Center for Species Survival Snot otter,...

Elephants Facing Survival Challenges
Elephants Facing Survival Challenges

Published Aug. 11, 2021 The majestic elephants that roam the African and Asian continents are the largest terrestrial animals on...

Super Cool Snakes
Super Cool Snakes

Published July 16, 2021 Snakes are cool animals that play vitally important roles in our everyday lives, even though few...

Lungs of the Earth
Lungs of the Earth

Published June 8, 2021 Take a deep breath. Does the air smell salty? Probably not, but the ocean plays one...

Choose Native Plants For Your Garden
Choose Native Plants For Your Garden

Published May 18, 2021 By Cátia CanteiroPlants and Fungi Coordinator, Global Center for Species Survival Medicines that treat illnesses. Fuel...

Natural Wonder Happening in Indiana
Natural Wonder Happening in Indiana

Published May 11, 2021 By Sérgio HenriquesInvertebrates Coordinator, Global Center for Species Survival Seventeen years ago the last episode of...

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 By Angela YangMammals Coordinator, Global Center for Species Survival Earth Day 2021 is an opportunity for...

Head Start for Hellbenders
Head Start for Hellbenders

Published April 10, 2021 From elephants in Tanzania to orangutans in Sumatra, the Indianapolis Zoo is protecting endangered species around...