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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Learn about our investment in the future of our world's wildlife.
Saving Species Challenge
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Going Green at the Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo promotes sustainability.
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The Global Center for Species Survival in partnership with IUCN-SSC

The Global Center for Species Survival amplifies and supports efforts to protect nature. The Global Center team focuses on supporting, connecting and communicating the work and efforts of more than 10,000 conservationists with the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the worlds largest environmental conservation organization. Made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Global Center solidifies the Zoo’s efforts to make Indianapolis one of the world’s most conservation-literate cities.

Important step to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.

Global Center team working to save biodiversity including plants, animals and fungi.

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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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Zoo Trips
Travel and experience the wonders of nature with the Indianapolis Zoo.
Alaskan Moose
Remote wilderness with majestic wildlife
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Elephant at Sunset
Open spaces with wild encounters
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Indianapolis Chapter
American Association of Zoo Keepers
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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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