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Indianapolis Zoo

Red Panda in Indianapolis zoo
Indianapolis zoo | Photo Credit – AllieKF

The Indianapolis Zoo is located in the White River State Park and is one of the best places to visit in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you are looking for places to visit along with your family, this is one of the places that you must visit.

This is also an ideal place to visit with children as the sight of animals will certainly thrill them. The zoo is home to over 3,800 animals that come from around 320 species and subspecies.

Must-do things at the Indianapolis Zoo

There is a lot that you can explore at Indianapolis Zoo. Here is a list of places that you must keep in mind when at the zoo.

Check out Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

If you are interested in orangutans, this is just the place for you. This center is dedicated to studying the behavior of apes and is home to one of the largest groups of orangutans in the entire United States of America.

White River Gardens

White River Gardens | Photo Credit – Quinn Dombrowski

Indianapolis Zoo is not just a place which is dedicated to the conservation of animals but is also a place where you can experience nature at its finest. If you like spending time in nature, we recommend you to visit the White River Gardens. Spread over an area of 3.3 acres, here you will find a number of plant and animal species existing in a state of harmony.

Zoo Babies

Indianapolis Zoo is dedicated to conserving many animal species, so here, you have the chance to look at a number of animal babies. This will be one of the best things that you will do at the zoo and it is bound to give you sweet memories for a lifetime.

Take a ride in Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo | Photo Credit – Jeremy Thompson

One of the major attractions of Indianapolis Zoo is its breathtaking rides. At the ‘Endangered Species Carousel’ you have the opportunity to ride many hand-carved animals, which includes animals like- rhinos, dolphins, lions, seals, and other animals. The carousel is also wheel accessible, making it an inclusive space.

Feed an animal

There are few joys in the world that can match with the joy of feeding an animal with one’s own hands. At Indianapolis Zoo, you will have the opportunity to feed animals through their feeding animal program. From flamingoes to giraffes, you can feed them all. However, the feeding schedule of animals changes with seasons, so make sure that you keep yourself updated with it. To know more about the feeding schedule and its cost, click here.

Desert Animals

At Indianapolis Zoo you will have the opportunity to explore Deserts through their segment, ‘Deserts Domes’ where you will see the animals that live in deserts. Here you will find lizards perched on high rocks and basking in the sun. Other animals that you will see in this region are- African Plated Lizard, Bearded Dragon, Blue-Tongued Skink, Boas, Colorado River Toads, Pythons, Vipers, Turtles, Tortoises and many more.

 The Birds of Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo is home to a number of birds that come from regions like Africa, South America, Asia and Australia. If you are a birder, this place will fill you with delight as you will be able to see a number of bird species. Some of the birds that you will find here are- Budgerigar, Cabot’s Tragopan, Cockatiel, Crested Coua, Crested Wood Partridge, Flamingoes, Green Woodhoopoe, and many more.

Animals from the Temperate and Tropical Forests

One of the most famous features of Indianapolis Zoo are its animals that hail from the Temperate and Tropical Forest from all over the globe. Here, you will be able to see a variety of animals, be it bears or tigers. Some of the animals that you have a chance of sighting are- Alaskan Brown Bear, Amur Tiger, Macaws, Red Panda, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Sloth and White- Handed Gibbon.

Animals from the Oceans

Dive into the world of marine life with a visit to Indianapolis Zoo where you shall be able a wide range of aquatic animals. From penguins to sharks, this place has it all. Other animals that you will see here are Angelfish, California Sea Lion, Bottlenose Dolphin etc. One of the exhibitions that you must check out is the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion where you will have a chance to go as deep as 17 feet under the ground in order to see dolphins. 

Indianapolis Zoo Map

If you are feeling lost inside the zoo or feeling like you have not explored it completely, we recommend you to take a look at their map. This will enable you to figure out all the prime locations that you must check out on your visit to the Indianapolis Zoo. You can take a look at the map and download it from here.

Visiting hours

The zoo is open from Wednesday to Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM. It remains closed on Monday and Tuesday. However, keep in mind that in order to visit the zoo, you need to have a prior reservation.

How can I contribute to Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis is a private non-profit organization and hence relies on donations in order to function. In order to donate to Indianapolis Zoo, check here. If you do not wish to donate, do not worry, there are other ways through which you can extend your support. You can either become a member or adopt an animal. Alternatively, you can also invest as a corporate member. In order to explore these possibilities, check here.

Other places to check out in Indianapolis

Once you are done visiting the Indianapolis Zoo, we recommend you to visit other places in the city. Here is an article on things to do in Indianapolis that will help you figure out fifteen must-visit places in the state of Indiana.

From eating joints to museums, there are scores of recommendations that are waiting to thrill you to the core. Alternatively, you can also check out this article Unique things to do in Indianapolis to discover some unique things that you can do in Indianapolis in order to make the most of your visit.


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