New Species Coming in 2019
Look for exciting changes in areas around the Zoo

Meet the New Species Coming Memorial Day Weekend


Exciting changes are on the horizon as we’re preparing to bring several brand new species to the Zoo beginning Memorial Day weekend!

Renovations are under way in the Deserts Dome where a dynamic new snake exhibit is in the works. Focusing on large, powerful and impressive predators, you can come face to face with a snake that’s often considered the deadliest in the world — the black mamba. This highly venomous snake gets its name not from the coloration on its body, but the bluish-black shade inside its mouth, which it gapes open whenever it feels threatened. Native to the savannas of Africa, black mambas can grow up to 14 feet, making them the largest venomous snake on the continent. Two of Asia’s largest snake species — reticulated and Burmese pythons — will also have a home in the newly redesigned snake gallery, as will several of Indiana’s venomous snakes.

Across the Zoo, you can also meet a slower, softer species as two-toed sloths will be among the residents of the new MISTery Park presented by Kroger. One of the slowest moving mammals on the planet, sloths spend most of their lives upside down. But hanging out all day is simple for sloths because of the two large, hook-shaped claws that help them cling to tree branches.

In the Park, located across from the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, you can explore through a foggy, cool mosaic of colorful flowers, mosses, trees and plants. Along the pathway, you will come across misters to cool you off. You might also have a close encounter with a sloth or parrot and learn about wildlife who live in a rainforest. And you’ll hear actual nature sounds recorded from a rainforest in South America.

Both of these new areas will open May 25, with special preview opportunities available for members.

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