The Indianapolis Zoo’s new entry is officially here! Officially opened on Memorial Day Weekend, this new guest entry experience that reshapes a Zoo visit with a total immersion into nature from the very first steps inside the Zoo.
As visitors first walk through the Indianapolis Colts Welcome Plaza, they will now enter the Zoo through the White River Gardens. Amidst the colorful flowers, plants, playful sculptures and fountains, guests will encounter delightful surprises as they have the chance to meet a variety of Wild Encounter animal ambassadors like a chatty parrot, sleepy sloth, slithery snake, adorable aardvark, pouched rat – you never know who you will meet. Guests can choose to set their own pace and enjoy the gardens or slip into the Hilbert Conservatory to marvel at monarchs and exotic butterflies.
The next step is to enter the Global Center for Species Survival, where guests are immediately immersed in the beauty and diversity of nature. They will be greeted by the stunning images and video of National Geographic PhotoArk photographer Joel Sartore.
Walking through the Nina Mason Pulliam Grand Concourse, visitors will learn about the conservation efforts taking place through the Global Center for Species Survival and tour the area highlighting the Champions of Conservation honored through the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.
The Indianapolis Zoo’s Global Center for Species Survival is a partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission. The Global Center staff supports and connects thousands of conservation experts working to secure a future for animals, fungi and plants in more than 160 countries. The Global Center for Species Survival was made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Then, it’s time for guests to look up and enjoy “Our Living Planet” a video experience in the Schaefer Rotunda – videos of wildlife like orangutans, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, arctic foxes, bison, fish and many more recorded in the wild and at the Zoo utilizing 360° technology.
Guests and members are urged to purchase tickets ahead of time online to receive the best price. This provides an immersive and enjoyable entry to the Zoo without stopping down to purchase a ticket.
Pick your day. Pick your price. Pick your package. Prices online are cheaper than at the gate.