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    • Can I visit the Global Center?

      The Global Center for Species Survival is located at the Indianapolis Zoo inside the White River Gardens. This part of the Zoo is currently closed for construction, but when it reopens in the spring of 2023, visitors will be able to see the Global Center office and team.

    • How do I contact a Conservation Coordinator?

      Please use our contact form. In the subject line of your request, specify who you would like to contact or a species you would like to discuss. Your message will be shared with the relevant Conservation Coordinator(s).  

    • How can I help species?

      Conservation isn’t just the work of experts. The Global Center aims to inspire and activate everyone. Check the Take Action section of our website. We have ideas for adults, teens and kids who are interested in taking a step to help.

    • What does it mean to be a threatened species?

      The Global Center uses Red List Categories developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature when describing risk of extinction for any animal, fungus or plant. The nine categories are: Not Evaluated (NE), Data Deficient (DD), Least Concern (LC), Near Threatened (NT), Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR), Extinct in the Wild (EW), and Extinct (EX).  

    • How many species are there?

      That’s a great question! Scientists continue to debate over the answer. Our current best estimate is 8.7 million species.