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Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
317.630.2001The Indianapolis Zoo is becoming a "must see" stop with travelers. As visitors "travel" through the Zoo, they go from one fascinating ecological system to another and they begin to get a sense of appreciation for the diversity of life. Because many people will never have the opportunity to visit an African Savannah, an Asian temperate forest or the Amazon River, the Zoo attempts to recreate the natural environments as clearly as possible. From the arctic land of the penguins and polar bears near the front of the Zoo to the realm of the King of the Beats - majestic
Connecting Animals, Plants and PeopleThe Indianapolis Zoo is a 64-acre zoological and botanical complex where animals, plants and people connect through education, exhibition, conservation and research. The Zoo takes pride in providing lifelong recreational learning experiences for its visitors and instilling in them a sense of stewardship for the Earth's plants and animals. The primary points where people connect with animals and plants are within the Zoo's Indianapolis Zoo Baby Dolphin "Biomes," or collection of habitats. The biome concept
When the doors to the Deserts Biome open, a rush of warm, dry air envelopes visitors. A small lizard darts across the floor and disappears into a crevice of the rocky terrain. A thumb-sized hummingbird flutters above a desert flower in search of its sweet nectar. With one step, visitors leave Indianapolis and arrive in an amazing desert environment.
Birds, Iguanas, Tortoises, Snakes among Deserts Biome InhabitantsThe Earth's rich mosaic of animals, plants and people are all linked by a natural dependence now and later. Aquatic communities comprise much of
Aquatic Life ShowcasedBamboo and other plants transform a winding trail in the Indianapolis cityscape into a dense forest experience. Water is prevalent throughout the biome, and on a humid 90-plus degree-day, the Kodiak bears rest in their pool, grasping with
Tropical ForestKalei (KA-LAY'), has begun to make "guest appearances" during at least two of the Zoo;'s daily dolphin shows. Since her birth on November 16 last year, Kalei has made her home primarily in the east holding pool inside the Dolphin Pavilion. She has now been swimming out into the large performance pool with the adult female dolphins, including mother Nova. At seven months old, Kalei is estimated to be about four feet
Baby Dolphin KaleiA slice of Africa is recreated in Indianapolis in the expansive Plains Biome. Upon entering the biome, visitors see kudu and zebras grazing in the their large yard along with ostriches, vultures and other birds. In the distance, giraffes pluck leaves from trees, and elephants interact quietly by a waterhole. East African crowned cranes and Marabou storks rest near a pond that runs under a wooden bridge carving a visitor trail through the
African and Australian AnimalsThe Elephant Encounters area in the Plains Biome features daily bathing of an African elephant during the summer season. Following the bathing demonstration, which features an informative keeper chat, audience members are allowed to approach and have a real "close encounter" with the elephant.
Located in the Encounters Exploration Center, the Zoo's "UFOs:
UFOs ExhibitWhere can
Because of its design and development, the Indianapolis Zoo is essentially a cageless zoo emphasizing the world's many ecosystems, as well as the various species of animals indigenous to these habitats. Built from the ground up and opened in 1988, the downtown zoo takes pride in featuring nearly 350 animal species and 1,700 plant species in simulated natural habitats. The 64-acre compiles is arranged in "biomes," or collections of habitats. For further information call: (317) 630-2001.
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