Wild Ideas for Holiday Gifts
From memberships to special experiences and more, your gift can make a difference for animals

Wild Ideas for Holiday Gifts

Published Nov. 12, 2021

The holidays are right around the corner! Here at the Zoo, we’ve got lots of great gift ideas so you’re sure to find something for every animal lover on your list.

When someone makes a purchase at the Indianapolis Zoo — everything from a plush animal or T-shirt in our gift shop, Zoo membership, special experience and more — they’re also supporting our mission and helping to save wild things and wild places. So you can feel good about giving any of these amazing gifts this year.

Zoo Membership

A gift membership provides 12 months full of animal adventures! And because we have 1,400 animals that are always growing and changing, each visit to the Zoo is new and different.

Along with a year’s worth of free Zoo parking and admission, each of our Zoo memberships — there’s one to fit every household — includes invitations to exclusive events and previews of new exhibits, like Kangaroo Crossing presented by Citizens Energy Group, which will open in May 2022. Plus they’ll enjoy discounts on gift shop purchases, ride tickets, guest admission, special experiences and Zoo Camps, and so much more!

Special Experiences

Your special someone can enjoy a personal, behind-the-scenes interaction with our amazing animals with a gift certificate for one of our special experiences.

The Premium Sloth Experience is our newest behind-the-scenes adventure and gives guests an opportunity to enjoy all the cuteness up close. They’ll even have a chance to feed a sloth!

Our Dolphin In-Water Adventure is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows participants to step into the water with our pod where they’ll meet our dolphins in person and learn more about this amazing species.

An Animal Art Adventure is another incredible opportunity for guests to meet an animal artist and then watch as a one-of-a-kind painting is created especially for them.

All our special experiences offer important opportunities for guests to connect with animals and learn more about the species. Once they have seen the animals’ abilities in action, it helps our guests to better appreciate animals and want to save them in the wild.

Gift Admission Tickets

To give your loved ones the freedom to enjoy a day of Zoo fun on a day that suits their schedule, gift tickets are a perfect option. These general admission passes are also good during xZOOberance, our Animals and All That Jazz summer concert series, ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo. Plus they’ll have a full year to plan their visit.

Animal Amigos

If you know someone who would love to be a species sponsor, our Animal Amigos make the perfect gift. With 19 different animals to choose from, you can be a penguin’s pal, a meerkat’s mate and a feline’s friend. Your loved one will receive a plush, photo and a custom certificate to let everyone know they’re an amigo.

Conservation Gift Guide

For a gift that will make a difference around the world, the Champions for Our Planet guide to animal conservation giving highlights incredible conservationists working to save species in the wild. On every page, you’ll read the story of a past Indianapolis Prize Winner or Finalist and learn what animals they’re helping. It’s the easiest way to make a contribution that really counts for conservation.

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