Our African elephants are a favorite of many Zoo guests. With their immense size and long trucks, these mammals are one of the most recognizable species in the world. African elephants are a keystone species, meaning they play a critical role in their ecosystem. During the dry season, they use their tusks to dig up dry riverbeds and create watering holes that many animals can drink from. They also uproot trees and eat saplings, clearing the way for tall savannah grasses that many species feed on.
The elephants at the Indianapolis Zoo are ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild. Native to the African savannah, elephants are listed as a species vulnerable to extinction. Poaching for the illegal ivory trade, habitat fragmentation from human development and agriculture, and conflict with humans have severely impacted elephant populations throughout Africa. Through the Animal Amigo program, you support the care of our elephant herd at the Zoo and support the Indianapolis Zoo’s elephant conservation efforts in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.
For a donation of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Animal Amigo package, which includes one elephant plush, photo, certificate, trading card and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*
*Animal Amigo donor board is located inside the Oceans building and updated each March with the previous year’s donors.
Animal Amigo donations make great gifts! You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. However, please note that only one of each item will be enclosed per Animal Amigos packet.