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Conservation In Action

The Indianapolis Zoo’s new Wild Encounters program allows thousands of children the opportunity to care about wild things and wild places. Each animal in the Wild Encounter program is an ambassador for their species in the wild and provides guests with a unique way to connect with nature. Plus, visitors who are curious to learn more can investigate different animal artifacts.

Many children who visit the Indianapolis Zoo have never personally held, touched or interacted with animals. The Indianapolis Zoo has launched the new Wild Encounters program that brings more nature and wonder into children’s hands. This program allows guests to get up-close views and personal experiences with some amazing animals around the Zoo.

Animal care team members will pop up in random places around the Zoo, bringing animals trained to engage children along with them. Through these animals, the Zoo team can explain the importance of caring about, saving and having a passion for wildlife.

Getting children out of the house, off their devices and even closer to animals is just one way the Indianapolis Zoo can deepen connections with future generations and initiate their curiosity for wildlife.

Now, you can bring that wonder into children’s hands at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Your donation will help fund new costs associated with the animal ambassador program, such as:

  • Bringing animals to the Indianapolis Zoo.
  • Indoor housing space for the animals.
  • Animal ambassador interaction space.
  • Educational activities used to engage and enlighten Zoo children.

Thank you for your help in saving species! Your donation will be used to feed and care for the animal ambassadors here at the Indianapolis Zoo while also helping support the Zoo’s conservation grants program.


Please donate today and help us continue the important conservation work both around the world and right here in Indianapolis.

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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
8900 Keystone Crossing, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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.

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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