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About the Indianapolis Zoo

Your Zoo Needs You

Your Indianapolis Zoo is a valuable part of our community. For the three months our gates were closed this spring, we heard countless stories about how much you missed visiting the Zoo. You count on us to provide lifelong memories, education and fun. During the shutdown, our team worked hard to bring the Zoo to you by providing online content and other educational opportunities. You counted on us and your Indianapolis Zoo was there.

We hope we can count on you because simply put, Your Zoo Needs You. Through the end of 2020, the Zoo is accepting donations to the Indianapolis Zoo Recovery Fund to support vital Zoo operations. The Indianapolis Zoo receives no city and state funding or tax-based revenue and we rely on our community of donors, members and visitors.

This year is unlike any other in our history. We were closed to visitors for 12 weeks, we are currently limited in our guest capacity, and we had to cancel Zoobilation – our biggest and most important fundraising event of the year. In response to all this, we’ve adjusted our expenses through 2020 and 2021. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received during this difficult time. So many of our closest friends have been extremely generous, and we remain deeply thankful. Even with this support, we anticipate that we will spend up to $9 million from our cash reserves by the end of 2020.

One thing a shutdown, pandemic or any crisis has not and will not change is the extraordinary care our animals receive each day or our mission to protect nature and inspire people to care about our world.


A donation today will help us recover from the pandemic crisis. Your donation – which pays for world-class animal care, food and Zoo upkeep – is now more important than ever! We know many of you are hurting too, and we are truly grateful for donations of any amount.

Thank you for caring about your Indianapolis Zoo and for considering a donation to the Indianapolis Zoo Recovery Fund today. .

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Donor Memberships
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Conservation Club
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Lowell Nussbaum Society
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Corporate Membership
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Animal Amigos
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Together We Can Make an Impact!

As one of the largest zoos in the country that does not receive government support, we rely on our donors for everything we do.

For the future

Fundamental to the Indianapolis Zoo’s long-term financial security and stability is a healthy endowment fund, the Indiana Zoological Foundation Fund.


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Planned Giving
Leave a Legacy

Charitable planned gifts offer a tremendous opportunity for you to provide valuable financial support to the Indianapolis Zoo while receiving a benefit in return.


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Honor and Memorial Gifts
Remember someone special

Making a tribute gift for friends and family

Honor and memorial gifts are a wonderful tribute that will impact the lives of many animals, plants, and people. In addition to supporting exhibits and the Indianapolis Zoo’s animal conservation mission, your contribution will provide educational programs like our innovative distance learning curriculum — a two-way interactive adventure that brings the Zoo into classrooms across Indiana, the nation and the world.

Special naming opportunities such as benches and planters are available within the Zoo and Gardens to honor friends and family.

To make an honor or memorial gift or for more information on special opportunities, please contact us at 317-630-2049 or email us.

Donate by Mail
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You can also send your donation by mail. Just fill out our Mail-In Donation form and send it to:

Institutional Advancement Indianapolis Zoo 1200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

All checks should be made out to the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

Gifts of stock
A good investment

Should you wish to transfer stock or cash by electronic transfer to fund your gift to the Indianapolis Zoo, you or your financial advisor may contact our broker:

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
DTC number: 0793
Indianapolis Zoological Society
Account Number: 24283649
Contact Name: Evan Griffin
Contact Phone: 317-808-7146
Contact E-mail:
Indianapolis Zoological Society’s Tax ID: 35-1074747

If you are in possession of your stock certificates, or if you simply want more information about using securities to support the Zoo, please contact:

Ed Sandifer
Planned and Major Gifts Officer
(317) 630-2709

Thank you for your generosity. Your support helps us connect animals, plants and people.

Every gift counts

You can support the animal conservation mission of the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens through a non-cash donation of goods or services. The Zoo accepts a wide variety of non-cash goods and services throughout the year from individuals and businesses.

For the health and safety of our Zoo animals, the Indianapolis Zoo is unable to accept animal donations. Please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

To make an in-kind donation, please call us at (317) 630-2049 or e-mail us.

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With AmazonSmile, you can shop for all your favorite products and brands while also supporting the Indianapolis Zoo! AmazonSmile is a convenient new way to support nonprofit organizations, including the Indianapolis Zoo, with every online purchase you make through the popular online retailer. Best of all, there’s no additional cost to you!Start giving back to the Zoo with your next online purchase! Simply visit and select “Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.” from the list of available organizations. Then continue your online shopping. (HINT: If you’re a frequent online shopper, you can even bookmark the AmazonSmile page for easier access.) When you complete your purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible items back to the Zoo. It’s just that easy!

Donor Privacy Policy

All information concerning donors or prospective donors, including but not limited to their names, addresses and telephone numbers, email addresses, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, shall be kept strictly confidential by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., its staff and volunteers, unless permission is obtained from donors to release such information.​


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