On Aug. 27, the Indianapolis Zoo welcomed the newest member of our bottlenose dolphin pod, Maui. Named after a demigod from Polynesian mythology, Maui, has gained more than 70 pounds and almost doubled in size since his birth. He is very energetic and likes to spend most of his time with his mother Kalei. You’ll be able to meet Maui in the underwater viewing dome sometime this spring.
Like the rest of our bottlenose dolphin pod, Maui is an ambassador for his counterparts in the wild. The daily dolphin presentation sheds light on the health of the waters where dolphins live in the wild and what we can do here in Indiana to make their world a healthier place. Bottlenose dolphins are currently listed as a species of least concern, but pollution, climate change and dangerous fishing practices severely impact dolphin populations globally. Through the Animal Amigo program, you support the care of our dolphins here at the Zoo, and help guests learn more about what this species faces in the wild.
For a donation of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Animal Amigo package, which includes a dolphin 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.