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Animal Adventure Gift Certificates Available Now
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Gift certificates are available for our Sloth Adventure, Elephant Bathing, and Animal Art Adventure. Gift certificates allow the recipient to schedule their adventure on their own time. Certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Find more details below.

New!

Sloth Adventure

Experience sloth up-close and personal in our new sloth adventure. Participants of this program will meet and learn about one of the Zoo’s sloths. As a guest of this experience you will have an opportunity to feed the sloth. For animal and guest safety participants will not be able to hold a sloth. See our frequently asked questions below for more details.

This program is for up to four people. All participants must be at least 6 years old and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Cost per session

Each session can accommodate up to four people, ages 6 and up, and includes Zoo admission.

Zoo Members: $200
Nonmembers: $280

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Gift Certificates must be purchased by December 20th to ensure the code is activated by Christmas.

  • Sloth Adventure Frequently Asked Questions

    How old do I have to be?

    All participants must be at least 6 years old. No one under the age of 6 will be allowed to attend or view a Sloth encounter. This includes infants.

    Children aged 6-14 must be accompanied by an adult, not to exceed 4 people total.

    How long is the encounter?

    Your total adventure will be around 25-30 minutes.

    Will I get to hold a sloth?

    For safety reasons, guests will not be able to hold a sloth during this encounter.

    Will I get to touch a sloth?

    We will leave this up to the sloth and how they are feeling that day. You may get to touch, but we cannot guarantee that for every guest.

    Will I get to feed a sloth?

    Yes! Guests will have the opportunity to feed our sloths part of their meals for the day.  Please note that the sloths may choose not to eat the food offered to them, and we can’t guarantee that they will take what is offered.

    Can I take photos?

    Guests are welcome to take photos, but no flash is permitted. Guests must stay in the area designated by zoo staff while taking pictures.

    Can I participate if I have a disability or special need?

    We will make every effort to make all Animal Adventures accessible to all guests. Please contact us at edustaff@indyzoo.com prior to registering to discuss accessibility.

Coming Soon in Summer of 2022!
New! Rhino Adventure

Go behind the scenes and meet one of our White Rhinos! This experience allows guests to spend time with our rhinos and learn about what makes them unique. Guests will have the opportunity to touch one of our rhinos.

Cost:

$50 per person. Each session can accommodate up to 4 guests. All participants must be at least 6 years of age and participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant. This program does not include Zoo admission.

Coming Soon in Summer of 2022!
Dolphin Meet & Greet

You’re invited to come behind the scenes to get up close and personal with one of our amazing marine mammals!

Following one of the Zoo’s scheduled Dolphin Presentations, our team of dolphin trainers will lead participants around to the back pools of the Ascension St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion. During this brief encounter, participants will have the opportunity for a quick interaction and each guest will get a double “high-five” from one of the members of the dolphin pod.

It’s a perfect way to add a wild twist to your next Zoo visit!

Cost: $20 per participant

Meet and greet ticket(s) will also serve as entry into the dolphin presentation. To participate, guests will need to have purchased or reserved Zoo admission for the same day.

Program Requirements

  • All participants must be at least 6 years old. Individuals under the age of 6 are not able to participate or enter the Dolphin Meet and Greet area.
  • Participants aged between 6 and 13 must be accompanied by a paid legal adult participant.
  • All participants are required to sign a liability waiver.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own devices to capture photos/videos as photographers will not be provided during this experience. Due to needing both hands free, participants will not be able to “selfie” this experience, but the opportunity will be given for a member of your party to take photos/video of the interaction.
  • The experience requires a short period of kneeling— If someone in the group has a special need or mobility issue, please contact us in advance so that we can better accommodate the need.
  • Participants must be present for the entirety of the Dolphin Presentation that occurs before their scheduled Meet and Greet.
  • Please note that individuals without Dolphin Meet and Greet tickets, including infants, will be required to exit the building following the Dolphin Presentation and will not be able to observe the Dolphin Meet and Greet program.
  • Tickets for the Dolphin Meet and Greet must be purchased two days before the event.
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New! Aardvark Adventure

Meet Adazee the aardvark in this new animal encounter. Participants will spend time with Adazee and learn what makes aardvarks unique in the animal kingdom. During this program guests will have an opportunity to get up-close and take a photo with an aardvark.

This program is a private experience for up to four people. All participants must be at least 12 years old and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Each session can accommodate up to four people, ages 12 years and up, and includes Zoo admission.

Cost per session:

Zoo Members: $200
Nonmembers: $280

Program runs Sundays at 1pm.

Have fun with Adazee
Aardvark Adventure
Have Tons of Fun During Your Next Zoo Visit!
Elephant Bathing Experience
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Here’s your opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to bathe an elephant. In this program, participants will help scrub down one of our African elephants and learn what it takes to care for these amazing animals.

This program is for up to four people. All participants must be at least 6 years old and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost per session

Each session can accommodate up to four people, ages 6 and up, and includes Zoo admission.

  • Zoo Members $200
  • Nonmembers $280

Give The Gift of an Elephant Bathing

Not ready to pick a date? Gift certificates allow the recipient to schedule their adventure on their own time. Certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Gift Certificates must be purchased by December 20th to ensure the code is activated by Christmas. Click here to order a gift certificate.

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A Colorful Encounter
Animal Art Adventures

The Zoo has lots of talented animal artists who can create a one-of-a-kind work of art just for you! These special experiences allow a group of up to 4 guests to watch one of our animal artists create a personalized painting just for you.

Animal Artists

Elephant – Ages 6 and up – Offered year-round
Dolphin – Ages 6 and up – Offered Jan, Feb, & Nov
Penguin – Ages 6 and up – Offered in the summer
Rhino – Ages 6 and up – Offered in the summer and fall
Walrus – Ages 6 and up – Offered in the summer
Orangutan – Ages 12 and up – Offered year-round

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Cost per session

Each session can accommodate up to four people and includes Zoo admission. Participants of an Animal Adventure must be at least 6 years old and participants of Orangutan adventures must be at least 12 years old. Participants aged 6 to 13 must have an adult present, not to exceed 4 people total.

Zoo Members: $250
Nonmembers: $330

Some animal art adventures may include stairs, uneven terrain, or small spaces. If someone in the group has a special need or mobility issue, please contact us in advance so that we can better accommodate the need.

Give The Gift of an Animal Art Adventure

Not ready to pick a date? Gift certificates allow the recipient to schedule their adventure on their own time. Certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Order a Gift Certificate