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IndIanapolIs Zoo publisher taps Zookeeper’s expertise
The Indianapolis Zoo empowers Recently the Indianapolis Zoo was contacted by Johns Hopkins University
people and communities, both Press to participate in writing a review of its newly published book Venomous
locally and globally, to advance Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico: Crotalus (Volume
animal conservation. 2), written by Carl and Evelyn Ernst.
Individuals from zoological institutions and aquariums are highly sought
specIal thanks to our sponsors
after to review materials such as this. It isn’t easy to come by an intensive
Flights of Fancy:
A Brilliance of Birds husbandry-based background working with animals that are the focus of
presented by scientific research!
Dan Madigan, one of our Deserts keepers, has extensive expertise in this area.
Bats presented by
Having personally cared for a vast variety of snake species over the last 12
Zoo Babies years — including several individual species from within the genus Crotalus
presented by (think rattlesnake) — he was pleased to participate and offer his review of this
reference book. We are honored to have experts like Dan on our staff.
Arena presented by
Christmas at the Zoo
Programs presented by
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does the Zoo deserve
Zoo Map presented by
Nursing Moms Nest
presented by That’s what annual giving is all about
— every dollar you commit is like a
presented by hearty cheer or round of applause. It tells
us how you really feel about how we have
Distance Learning done this year. Think about it.
Program presented by
• Have you enjoyed our new
presented by The UPS Foundation exhibits and programs?
Drop Dead Gorgeous • Have you been inspired to do
Snakes presented by
more for conservation?
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Feedings presented by
entertain your family and friends?
partner • Have we made your heart race with
excitement at hand-feeding an exotic
presented by bird for the first time or coming
face-to-face with a tiger?
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Cover: Lioness Zuri climbing a tree covered in fall foliage. Photo: Kerrie Best
no easY answers
Life is complicated. I suppose that’s not news to anyone, but
it was reinforced during a trip several friends of the Zoo and I
took to Malaysian Borneo this past May. As you might expect,
the main purpose of our trip was to see orangutans and to better
understand their precarious status in the wild. We certainly saw
orangutans, both close-up and high in the forest canopy, and I think
we understand things better, too. That’s going to be very important as
we work to protect them through the development of the International
Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo.
One of the reasons life is complicated is that we are always trying to
maintain the right balance between competition and cooperation. Both we and
orangutans need to compete if we are to flourish, but the concept of biodiversity
requires that we leave room for others, too. The ecosystems that sustain our individual
lives and our civilizations need a complex web of interrelationships between species to
sustain them, and one of the biggest challenges our planet faces is the accelerating loss of the
biodiversity that supports those interrelationships.
Much of the challenge facing orangutans results from a wonderful product called palm oil. You’ll find palm
Photo: Michael Crowther
oil in cosmetics, candy and cleaning products. It comes from oil palm trees, and oil palm plantations are
blanketing Borneo at an almost unbelievable rate. It’s a great product for the people of Malaysia and Indonesia,
strengthening their economy and opening global markets to them.
But orangutans can’t live in oil palm plantations, and the oil palms displace the rainforests where the red apes have
lived since time immemorial. That challenge is compounded by the orangutans’ need for contiguous forest – large
connected swaths of woodlands that not only support orangutans’ dietary needs but also their social structure.
Orangutans, you see, are not like the African great apes (the gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos), living in family
groups and clans. Orangutans have a much looser social structure, with a few adult females frequently living
more or less alone in a forest, accompanied only by their young offspring. Male orangutans don’t live with the
females; they move through the forest, avoiding other males, looking for receptive females.
That “receptive” part is important. Not only are female orangutans the decision-makers when it comes to
reproduction, they are also completely unreceptive to males while their young are still living with them … and
that’s usually seven to nine years! This results in orangutans having the longest inter-birth interval of any land
mammal, and also helps explain one of the biggest challenges facing orangutan sustainability in the wild: the
inability of male and female orangutans to make contact with each other due to forest fragmentation. In many
places, logging, oil palm plantations, roads and other development have fragmented the forest into small plots
that may contain orangutans, but which leave them isolated from potential partners. Orangutans are arboreal,
and need trees not only for diet and shelter but also for transportation.
The Indianapolis Zoo is creating relationships and partnerships with individuals and groups in Malaysia and
Indonesia who are committed to protecting existing orangutan habitat, restoring lost forest and connecting
forest fragments via tree “corridors.” And we’ll be working hard to maintain balance, trying to support human
economic drivers without sacrificing the survival of the only Asian great ape.
The International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo will not only be the best zoo exhibit anywhere, it
will also be the global center for orangutan conservation, through awareness, resource distribution, research and
public involvement. Life is complicated, but your Indianapolis Zoo is up to it!
Michael I. Crowther, President and CEO, Indianapolis Zoo
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Photo: Jackie Curts
With the “brilliance of birds” in the
The Indianapolis Zoo is no stranger to setting records when it comes to our African Encounters exhibit, it may surprise
elephant breeding program. In 2000, Kubwa became the world’s first African elephant to you to know that the Southern ground
become pregnant and give birth via artificial insemination, and has gone on to become hornbill is one of the most unique
the first to do so three times! Kubwa’s herd mate Ivory has followed suit, also giving birth species of bird here at the Zoo.
to three calves via AI. With her third calf, however, Ivory set some records of her own.
What makes it so special? In the bird
During an elephant pregnancy, trainers begin staying around the clock to monitor world, Southern ground hornbills are
our mother elephants when time of birth appears to be approaching. This is estimated long-lived, with recorded life spans
by changes in hormones analyzed through blood samples, by physical and behavioral in human care of 50 years or more.
changes, and by averaging other known pregnancy lengths from our own and other zoos’ Although they are the tallest and
past pregnancies. This time around, Ivory kept us guessing. With trainers on watch 24/7, heaviest of all hornbills — one of only
the weeks dragged on during one of the hottest stretches of weather in Indiana’s history. two terrestrial species — they can fly
Temperatures soared into the 100s. Finally, on June 28, after a very short labor, Ivory gave if needed. They range as far north as
birth to a 244-pound female calf at 11:48pm. Ivory’s trainers and veterinary staff were Kenya and as far south as Southern
both excited and relieved to welcome this new baby girl, who arrived after the longest Africa, preferring savanna grasslands,
gestational period (time of pregnancy) of all six calves born here at the Indianapolis Zoo! scrub and light woodlands.
Nyah has spent her first few weeks bonding with her 30-year-old mother, exploring her Their long sharp bills are specially
surroundings, including both exhibit yards, and meeting the other elephants. With each adapted to catch dinner, which consists
new calf, our herd becomes more experienced and is now starting to resemble the family of lizards, birds, small mammals, large
groupings seen in wild elephants. Kubwa and Ivory have honed their mothering skills and insects, snakes and carrion. They have
“aunties” Tombi and Sophi have become confident and caring babysitters. Ivory’s new a bright red throat patch that can
calf provides an especially important learning opportunity for big sister Zahara. Young be inflated and a casque — a hollow
female elephants learn to care for calves by spongy structure made out of keratin
watching and playing with them. This gives NYAH — to make their vocalizations louder.
them valuable skills when caring for their
own future offspring, and at 5 years old, The two hornbills we have are sisters
Zahara is the perfect age to begin learning! hatched in 2007 and 2008. You can
find them on exhibit in Encounters.
While we celebrate the birth of Ivory’s
newest baby and the first birthday of
Kubwa’s baby Kalina, we also recognize A Big Bird
the important role they play in advancing A Southern ground
our efforts toward the conservation of hornbill can reach
the African elephant. Thank you for
40 inches tall.
your support and be sure to stop by and
watch our herd in action.
The height of
an average man
By Jill Sampson, Senior Elephant Trainer
is 70 inches.
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Red Pandas ♥ WinteR
Red pandas love the winter — in no small
part because of the amazing adaptations
they’ve developed to fend off the cold.
• Their thick coat of reddish fur is even
more remarkable than meets the eye.
It’s so thick that rain and snow can’t saturate it. Photo
: Jack ie
Cu r ts
• Red pandas can curl into a tight ball and use their large thick tail
to keep them warm while sleeping. This is especially helpful in the
brutal cold found in their home range in southwestern China and the Photo: Tim Ardillo
• The bottoms of their feet are also covered with thick fur to keep their oceans reef fun facts
paws warm. It is almost like they are wearing mittens! Winter is coming, but don’t let that
put your Zoo fun on ice. There are
See this remarkable mammal all winter long in the Forests Biome. plenty of warm indoor attractions
that are perfect for you and your
family to enjoy. For example, here
We love that our members are so invested in the Zoo are just a few of the amazing things
and clamor for updates on their favorite animals. you can discover for yourself on your
next trip to the Oceans building.
new Mesh for eagle the king courts • Green moray eels are really
We can’t always give advance warning With our 19-year-old female lion blue. They have a yellow mucus
when an animal is off exhibit, but you Shamfa past reproductive age, covering their bodies that makes
can trust we have a good reason for it. 4-year-old male lion Nyack has been them appear green.
showing some interest in 6-year-old • One purple mouth moray can lay
An example of this was in the Forests
lioness Zuri. Unfortunately Nyack and more than 10,000 tiny eggs at a
Biome in June when the eagle exhibit
Zuri’s mating behavior has only been time.
received new mesh. This will make the
intermittent so far. Zuri was implanted
area safer for both the birds and the • The moray eel exhibit replicates a
with a contraceptive device four years
keepers and allow us to manage bird care natural coral reef, with the water
ago (per the Lion Species Survival Plan).
and introductions in the exhibit better. temperature between 77-78° F.
Two years later she was approved for
Between maintenance, routine health breeding, but it has taken longer than • A longhorned cowfish is
checks and preventative care, we always expected for the implant to wear off. poisonous to predators.
have the welfare of the animals at Could there be lion cubs in our future? • Orange-shouldered tangs have a
heart! We’ll have to wait and see! “scalpel” spine located on each
Submitted by Kristin Bingham, Plains Keeper side of the narrow area located
just before the tail that it uses for
kalina defense and protection. It also
Elephant calf Kalina – born on July explains their other name —
20, 2011 – is growing by leaps and surgeonfish!
bounds! By one year she was already • Emperor angelfish eat parasites
856 pounds. Kalina has started from larger fish in addition to
learning new training behaviors eating algae.
such as leading, lifting her feet and • All of the species of wrasse
lying down. While on exhibit she is housed in the moray eel exhibit
enjoying the elephant pool and has are known to bury themselves in
been swimming with Kubwa (her the sand when frightened … or
mom), Tombi and Sophi. when sleeping!
Submitted by Niki Kowalski, Senior Trainer, Plains
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Campaign for Conservation
We are proud to present to you the
Indianapolis Zoo’s Campaign for
Conservation and Community: Saving
the Orangutans. It will change the face
of the Zoo forever and serve as a beacon
of hope to zoos and conservation
what is it all about?
This project is about winning hearts, inspiring minds and
advancing conservation. The $30 million goal of the campaign
will fund significant new exhibits, highlighted by a global
center for orangutan awareness opening in 2014: the all-new
International Orangutan Center.
While further solidifying the Indianapolis Zoo’s position as one
the world’s leaders in animal conservation, the educational and
research components of the International Orangutan Center will
spur interest in saving this species from extinction. It will also
impact the economic life of our community as millions of people
visit what is already anticipated to be one of the world’s best zoo
Tim Solso, campaign chairman
This project and former chairman and CEO
is about of Cummins Inc., described the
urgency of our efforts this way:
winning “We have a challenge and an
opportunity. The challenge is that
hearts, many of the world’s wild things and
inspiring wild places will not be around for
our grandchildren to experience.
minds and At their present rate of decline,
advancing orangutans will become extinct
during my grandchildren’s lifetime.
conservation. We do not intend to let that happen.
Our opportunity is the creation of a
global center for orangutan conservation at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Building on the model of the Indianapolis Prize, the International
Orangutan Center will engage people, enlighten them and
empower them to save this wondrous species from disappearing
from our world forever.”
In addition to the spectacular International Orangutan Center
(2014), the Campaign is funding projects and programming that
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LUCY, 28-YEAR-OLD FEMALE ORANGUTAN
Photo: Jackie Curts
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the InternatIonal oranGutan center
1 the hutan trail The Atrium below is a four-season 5 the skyline
ecosystem where orangutans and humans
The Hutan Trail is an ingenious The Skyline is a dramatic aerial ride above
can come together regardless of weather
interpretation of an orangutan highway the Zoo, taking visitors close to the Hutan
conditions. With an internal height of 90
through the forest. One of the most Trail for a unique perspective on the
feet, it allows orangutans to climb and
exciting features of the International orangutans. The small Skyline passenger
move as orangutans, not as humans have
Orangutan Center, the cables and bridges fee will generate an estimated half million
constrained them in the past. The Atrium
of the Hutan Trail allow orangutans to dollars in annual revenue to help fund the
has both indoor and outdoor viewing for
leave the Atrium and travel across the Zoo orangutans’ care in Indianapolis.
guests, and houses interpretive spaces and a
— directly over the heads of Zoo guests!
theater-style demonstration laboratory.
Perhaps most importantly, the Hutan Trail
allows orangutans to make choices such 6 exploration hub
as where they go and with whom they
3 the oases The Exploration Hub will be perhaps
the most exciting exhibit element
The Oases are three special places where
for Zoo visitors, scientists and others
the atrium and the the orangutans can go if they wish to be
2 Beacon of hope
apart from others or for encounters with
who will have a remarkable window
into the orangutans’ world, facilitating
staff and visitors. The oases will provide
engagement, discovery and learning.
The iconic Beacon of Hope stretches up-close orangutan viewing as they learn,
Visitors to the Indianapolis Zoo will
150 feet into the sky. At night, it will be play and rest.
play a significant role in providing these
illuminated by lights the orangutans turn
intelligent animals with engaging ways
on themselves, reminding Indianapolis that
there is still hope for orangutans, but that 4 community plaza
to stimulate their minds. Students and
other visitors may observe scientists
hope is centered on us. We believe the
Community Plaza is the open-air viewing researching orangutans’ amazing mental
legend of The Beacon of Hope will spread
and gathering place in front of the abilities. Observe and interact closely with
far and wide and that Hoosiers will tell its
Atrium’s Window on the Forest. The story the orangutans and learn how you can
story to visitors for generations to come.
of the orangutans’ Indonesian home help secure the future of orangutans by
begins to unfold in Community Plaza with safeguarding the forests that sustain all
For more information, visit
www.indianapoliszoofuture.com sights, sounds and interpretive graphics. aspects of their lives.
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InternatIonal oranGutan center tIMelIne
auG sept oct nov dec Jan feB Mar apr MaY June
Sept 4: Groundbreaking
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TREES
Photos: Mike Crowther
What I Saw in
A group of us just returned from a trip to
Borneo this May (see page 3 for more details),
and what we saw further reinforced the
crucial role the International Orangutan
Center will play as a catalyst for action —
both in zoos and in the wild.
Throughout their range in the wild, orangutans are being displaced
by habitat conversion, primarily for agricultural development. Currently, the biggest
threat involves the clear-cutting of primary forest to create palm oil plantations. As a
result, the number of wild orangutans continues to shrink, and some populations have
become so small that they are no longer sustainable. This simply means that, over time,
the number of deaths will be greater than the number of births. The common-sense
answer in these situations is that the population needs to be increased, but that requires
Among the great apes, orangutans have a number of important distinctions. They are
the only great apes found exclusively in Southeast Asia — namely Borneo and Sumatra.
With bodies perfectly suited for climbing and hanging, they spend most of their lives high
in the forest. They have an extended social system, and adults may spend long stretches
of time living alone. Females may have only one offspring every seven to nine years, the
slowest rate of reproduction for any land mammal. Unfortunately, they also have the
distinction of being the first great ape to be threatened with extinction in recorded history.
Happily, there is good news to share. New initiatives aim to reforest land adjacent to
good orangutan habitat. Poor habitat is being revitalized with plantings that produce
healthy orangutan foods. Also, corridors between orangutan home ranges are being
created. These small steps are critical, and they require sustained effort and support to
The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be sponsoring these activities, and we look forward
to increasing our support over time. This critical effort will be a primary focus of
the International Orangutan Center when it opens in 2014. Until then, our dedicated
conservation staff continues to collaborate with our colleagues working on the ground
in Malaysia and Indonesia to secure a future for wild orangutans.
Dr. Rob Shumaker
Vice President of Life Sciences
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JulY auG sept oct nov dec Jan feB Mar apr MaY
November 2013: Substantial completion November 2013-May 2014: Orangutan orientation
May 2014: VIP previews
May 24, 2014: Public opening
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how can I help? The orangutans
reinforce the Indianapolis Zoo’s position All of us face the profound
as a world-class institution, including: challenge of sustaining don’t have a voice,
• Tiger Forest (opened 2011); the wonders of our planet but we do.
and its species for future
• New Entry Plaza (opened 2012);
generations. The question is: Use your smartphone to scan this QR code.
• The all-new Encounters area featuring HOW DO WE SUCCEED?
Flights of Fancy: A Brilliance of Birds
presented by Citizens Energy Group We believe we have the answer, but it is strengthen Indianapolis’ conservation
(opened 2012). going to take all of our strength, initiative leadership around the world.
and hard-won experience to make it
Profound challenges — and rare happen. Join us in saving the orangutans; The orangutans don’t have a voice, but
opportunities — require extraordinary elevate enlightenment, education and we do. Won’t you help them? Find out
responses. When the two coincide, it’s economic development here at home; and more at indianapoliszoofuture.com.
important to act and act quickly! With
your help, the community and your
Indianapolis Zoo can do just that.
what are our goals? Watch the Member eNews for information on Orangutan
The Indianapolis Zoo and generous Construction Chats for Spring 2013. Subjects will include:
members and supporters like you have
an opportunity to help save one of the • The Big Picture: Conservation challenges
most endangered species in the animal facing orangutans (and how you can help).
kingdom, the orangutans, and to p for t
strengthen existing Zoo habitats: • Dumpers & Diggers: Heavy construction ed u easy! Jus
• By adding a new skyline-enhancing
equipment at work building the notnews? Itme up” to om
the e l, “Sign dyzoo
signature home for these great apes; International Orangutan Center. i n
ema ship@i care of
• By rethinking and refreshing some of ber ’ll take
• Orangutans Among Us: How are we mem d we !
our Zoo’s most-loved attractions; similar to orangutans? What makes them the
• By establishing our community’s different?
position as a world conservation leader
as never before.
Join the Fun
Special thanks to Indiana
Can’t get enough of the Zoo? Do more! Volunteer opportunities Farm Bureau Insurance
abound year round, especially during ZooBoo presented by for sponsoring the 2012
Indianapolis Honda Dealers and Christmas at the Zoo presented by Indianapolis Zoo Map.
Donatos and Teachers Credit Union. We’re looking for volunteers at Get a copy on your next
least 17 years old who enjoy interacting with all ages and are available visit or find a copy at
for event training. Learn more online at indianapoliszoo.com or by indianapoliszoo.com — just
click on About the Zoo and
calling the Volunteer Services Office at (317) 630-2041.
scroll down to Zoo Maps.
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Photo: Jackie Curts
tIGer caM: Get a quick tiger fix
Check out the Zoo’s Amur tigers from home during regular Zoo
hours using the Tiger Cam! This maneuverable camera is placed
right above their exhibit, so you can see them watching, stalking,
swimming or sleeping (they are cats after all). Zoom in or out, and
pan up and down or side to side. It’s the next best thing to being at
Just go to indianapoliszoo.com and click on About the Zoo and
dId You know? The Amur tiger is the largest of the five surviving
tiger species and is critically endangered. Only about 350-400 Amur
tigers survive in the wild, with about the same number in human
care around the world.
Meeting zoo animals is only part of what you can
experience at the Indianapolis Zoo. Immerse yourself
in the wild with your choice of behind-the-scenes
opportunities: paint with a penguin, get in the water
with a dolphin and more!
One of our newest programs, Dolphin Trainer 101,
lets you learn how to become a dolphin trainer. In travel night
this two-day camp, kids 10-14 years of age* are november 14 • 6pm
immersed in the world of bottlenose dolphins and Indianapolis Zoo (white river Gardens)
their marine mammal trainers through games, crafts and behind-
the-scenes tours. The experience culminates in a Dolphin In-Water Adventure. The Want to go on the adventure of a
graduates of this program walk (or swim?) away with an experience of a lifetime! lifetime, but not sure where to start?
Join us at the Zoo for our free Travel
Want to find out more about this and other amazing opportunities? Visit us at Night reception.
indianapoliszoo.com and click on Special Zoo Experiences.
* Program participants must be at least 4 feet 6 inches tall. We’ll share details about two action-
packed Zoo trips:
lights! camera! action! · Costa Rica (July 20-27, 2013)
· Churchill, Manitoba (Fall 2013)
hix Institute for research and conservation
You’ll make memories to treasure
The Zoo’s Hix Institute has gone Hollywood — or as close as it’s ever going to get! Staff
forever on these amazing adventures.
members have been busily producing videos for the Zoo’s YouTube channel to help
Your host for the night, Charlie Hyde,
demonstrate the care and professionalism exhibited by Zoo staff. These fun videos also give
is Director of Membership and a
you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes here at the Zoo.
seasoned world traveler. The tour
The 11 videos are all approximately 2-3 minutes in length and have been posted regularly operators will join us to share photos,
since February. Topics include animal care, nutrition, veterinary care, horticulture, and personal experiences, and walk you
research and conservation. Some of the episodes you might especially enjoy are Lunch with through the journeys.
Penguins, Weigh-In at the Zoo, Dolphin Training 101, and our newest production, What’s
Old is New at the Indianapolis Zoo. The event is free; RSVP to Jennifer
Barker at (317) 630-2014.
Can’t wait to check them out? Visit us at youtube.com/user/IndianapolisZoo
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for the BIrds… Fall is in the Air Photos: Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder
fall and winter Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
fruiting plants The ginkgo is an underutilized tree with a peculiar,
Do you lose interest in your garden distinctive leaf that turns a bright golden yellow in the
and flowerbeds during the winter fall. It’s is also known for its tolerance and adaptability
months? Maybe you shouldn’t — your to a variety of soil types.
neighborhood birds certainly don’t!
Food sources in the winter are often (Aronia melanocarpa)
scarce for birds. Fall fruiting plants are
Black chokeberry is one of the
important for migratory birds that build
few shrubs that bears attractive
up fat reserves before migration and as
flowers in the spring, reddish purple
a food source for non-migratory species
foliage in the fall and fruits in
that need to enter the winter season in
good physical condition. Fall-fruiting
plants include dogwoods, mountain ash, serviceberry
winterberries and cotoneasters.
If you feature plants in your garden that Serviceberry is a medium-sized
bear winter fruit, not only will you enjoy native tree reaching a height of
more wildlife in your backyard, you six to 30 feet tall, depending on
will provide them with a food source as the species. This shrub produces
well. Winter-fruiting plants are those delicious edible berries in early summer, followed by
whose fruits remain attached to the brilliant red foliage in the fall.
plants long after they first become ripe
in the fall. Many are not palatable for sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
birds until they have frozen and thawed The sugar maple is arguably the most iconic and
many times. Examples of these plants majestic tree for fall color. Sugar maples possess a broad
are black chokeberry, Virginia creeper, round canopy with leaves that change from green to red, yellow
snowberry and sumacs. or orange in late autumn. It is one of the most impressive trees in
It is worth thinking about how your the Indiana landscape during late autumn.
garden can look — and taste —
honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
wonderful all four seasons long.
Submitted by Andy Norman, Gardener The honey locust is known for its bright yellow foliage
during the fall season. Besides being a very drought-tolerant
specimen, the leaves of the honey locust are finely textured,
which allows for easy fall clean-up.
a family activity
The Indianapolis Zoo’s
put a tiger on Your trunk
Facebook game is a For the first time ever, there’s an Indianapolis Zoo license
fun and interactive way to understand plate in Indiana. Featuring the Zoo’s tiger logo, this Adv
the plight of Amur tigers and what can distinctive plate is a stylish way to help support the Zoo. For al C
be done to save them. Build your camp, only $40, you can purchase yours online at myBMV.com/specialty or n
gather supplies, face difficult challenges just ask for it at any Indiana license branch. As a specialty plate, $25 of the fee
and help researcher Penny as she works will go directly toward food and medical care for the animals at the Indianapolis Zoo.
to study and save the wild tigers. Try Personalize your plate to show off your wild side … the possibilities for fun are endless.
playing it for free at Watch the Member eNews for more information.
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within easy grasp. Once a month, twice a December 31, you’ll receive For more information about Animal
week or three times a day, the Zoo is ready $10.00 off the regular Amigo benefits, contact us at
with fun adventures for the whole family. membership price and a free (317) 630-2049, email@example.com
animal plush! Call or visit us at indianapoliszoo.com and
See their eyes sparkle with delight. (317) 630-2046 to order your click on Donate Now.
The first time they get within inches of a gift membership today, or
tiger and live to tell the tale is a memory go to indianapoliszoo.com,
that will last a lifetime. Or feed a lorikeet. click on Membership and use holiday parties at the Zoo
Or race a cheetah. Or get one-on-one with promotional code MB902012.
a dolphin … you get the point! Show your wild side with a holiday party
Please note: This discount offer is not at the Indianapolis Zoo! Choose from a
It’s easy — just go online or call today and valid with any other offer and may not variety of great options to cover all your
be used by a current or lapsed member
we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll even mail the entertaining needs. Room options include:
to renew their own membership. Only
membership packet and plush to you or your orders received by December 12, 2012 • Underwater dolphin viewing;
gift recipient at no additional charge. are guaranteed delivery before
December 25. • Private room overlooking White River
and the downtown skyline;
• Exclusive access to the Oceans
dolphin In-water adventure building.
Ready to party on? Give us a call at
It’s more than a gift — the Indianapolis Zoo’s Dolphin In-Water (317) 630-2051 for best availability.
Adventure is an experience that will last a lifetime. Your lucky
friend or family member will be able to get in the water with
dolphins and become familiar with the training techniques
used by the Indianapolis Zoo’s Marine Mammal staff. The Give the Gift of the Zoo
Adventure includes: Surprise your family, friends and
• A backstage classroom session all about dolphins and their co-workers this holiday season
training; with a trip to the Zoo — it’s a gift
sure to make memories!
• More than 30 minutes poolside/in-the-water time with our
trainers and dolphins; Discount ticket packages include
• A souvenir towel and a photograph with a dolphin. 25 Zoo tickets for 20 percent off
or 25 ride passes for just $45.00.
Gift certificates are available for family members, friends or employees to
To order your holiday gift,
celebrate a special occasion or just say thank you. Go to indianapoliszoo.com
call (317) 630-2051.
and click on Special Zoo Experiences, or call the Zoo Adventure line at (317) 630-2076.
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prize lecture tour
Dr. Steven Amstrup, the 2012 Indianapolis
Prize recipient, will make several
public appearances as part of the 2012
Photo: Daniel Cox, PolarBearsInternational.org Indianapolis Prize Lecture Tour: DePauw
University in Greencastle on September
polar Bear champion receives world’s 30, Butler University in Indianapolis on
October 1, and the California Academy of
leading award for animal conservation Sciences on October 4.
Without question, Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, senior Visit indianapolisprize.org for other
scientist at Polar Bears International, is the prize w educational opportunities and more
most influential person working on polar bear In par
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groundbreaking studies that resulted in .
the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species due works.
to global climate change. His search to understand this amazing animal
Polar bear: Steven Amstrup 6 #
has taken him to one of the harshest environments in the world — a frozen seascape
where temperatures plummet below zero and the sun isn’t seen for months on end.
Rhino: Markus Borner 7 #
“Steven’s fieldwork in the Arctic opened the door to understanding that the
deterioration of the polar bear population is at our doorstep, while verifying that this is Red Panda: Rodney Jackson 8 #
not an irreversible situation,” said Robert Buchanan, president and CEO of Polar Bears
Encounters: Carl Jones 9 #
International. “His passionate outreach has helped the world understand how sea ice
losses from a warming climate threaten polar bear survival. His message is one of hope
Baboon: Russ Mittermeier 10 #
and determination to have future generations see polar bears roam free in the Arctic.”
The biennial Prize includes an unrestricted award of $100,000 and the Lilly Medal, Ruffed Lemur: Patricia Wright 11 #
which will be presented to Dr. Amstrup at the Indianapolis Prize Gala presented by Just dial (317) 245-4084 either at
Cummins Inc. on September 29 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. To reserve
the Zoo or from home and enter the
your ticket now, visit indianapolisprize.org and click on Gala.
extension listed above.
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2010 INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE WINNER
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Every two years, serious conservationists
hispanic heritage fiesta from across the globe turn their gaze
in partnership with la voz de Indiana upon Indianapolis — home to the world’s
september 16 • 12noon-4pm leading award for animal conservation.
¡Hola amigos! Who’s ready for a party? The finalists and winner are honored at a spectacular gala event that celebrates the
We are proud to help kick off Hispanic stories of real-life conservation heroes. It’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come
Heritage Month in Indy with our annual face-to-face with these internationally renowned individuals who have dedicated their
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. lives to preserving some of the world’s most endangered animals.
This fun event adds cultural flair to Be amazed and inspired at this unforgettable event, and let us show you why there is
your Zoo visit. Hear great Latin music still hope for advancing animal conservation both locally and globally. Reservations are
throughout the Zoo, see if you can find required. Go to indianapolisprize.org to purchase your tickets and find out more.
the Zoo animals native to Latin America, Special thanks to our sponsors and partners: Lilly Medal sponsor, The Eli Lilly and Company
enjoy Mexican food options, take a swing Foundation; Gala presenting partner, Cummins Inc.; video sponsor, The Heritage Group; VIP
at a piñata each hour, visit booths from Reception sponsor, Pepper Construction; and media sponsors IBJ, Indianapolis Monthly, The
local businesses and take home special Indianapolis Star and WISH-TV.
Meet a hero, Be a hero day halloween ZooBoo
presented by cummins Inc. presented by Indianapolis honda dealers
september 29 • 10:30am-12:30pm October 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 • 2-7pm
Imagine meeting an international Join us for nine days of frighteningly good
conservation hero. Think of the thrill of family fun at Halloween ZooBoo. Come in
coming face-to-face with a person who costume — or come as you are — and be ready
has devoted his whole life and career to to play. Animals are out late and we’ll also
saving animals like polar bears, snow feature extra activities like the elephant
leopards or black rhinos. pumpkin smash, Halloween-themed
dolphin shows and special chats.
Usually you’d have to travel to the wildest
Enjoy the crisp fall air and participate in free activities like monster music dancing,
places on Earth for a chance like this. But
bowling with pumpkins, touching animal artifacts and more:
on September 29 all you have to do is
come to the Indianapolis Zoo for Meet a • Treat the Kids: Bring a bag and visit five trick-or-treat stations in the Plains Biome.
Hero, Be a Hero Day featuring finalists for • Decoration Voting Contest: Every year Zoo departments (and we mean everyone)
the 2012 Indianapolis Prize. compete to design the best wild decorations for you and your family to enjoy. With
bragging rights at stake, we ask you to vote for your favorite!
Join us in the Dolphin Gallery to pick up
• Photo Ops: Across Zoo grounds you’ll find spooky but fun photo ops perfect for the
your Conservation Hero collector cards
family photo album or Facebook.
(free to the first 1,000 Zoo members or
guests) and meet the Indianapolis Prize • Bonus Activities: The rides get in on the fun with the new 4-D Theater, Round-Go-
Conservation Heroes working to save Merry (backwards-running carousel) and Halloween train ride with real actors. Tasty
animals around the world. Ask them your fall treats can be found throughout grounds with apple cider, caramel apples and
questions, get their autographs and be roasted nuts among the favorites.
inspired by their passion to save wildlife There’s so much to do, you’ll come back screaming for more!
and wild places.
14 IndIanapolIs Zoo Fall+wInter 2012/13
It’s a Wonderland MeMbers only:
Breakfast with santa
december 1 & 8 • 10am-12noon
Join us for a fun-filled morning of
christmas at the Zoo holiday cheer, complete with a full
presented by donatos and teachers credit union breakfast, live holiday music, holiday-
november 23-december 30 (Wednesday-sunday) • 5-9pm themed activities and one-on-one
As the temperature drops, let holiday traditions at the Zoo warm your heart. Christmas at time with Santa himself! Great photo
the Zoo is truly a magical time as hundreds of thousands of lights gleam serenely across opportunities abound as the kids chat
a holiday landscape. Sip a hot beverage, visit the animals, and enjoy exhibits and special with the jolly old elf in his red velvet
activities throughout the Zoo. chair in the Hilbert Conservatory.
Plan Your Visit: Christmas at the Zoo opens the day after Thanksgiving, and it’s the Be lively and quick to get your tickets
perfect way to get your whole family out of the house and having fun together. The Zoo for this popular members-only event.
opens at 12Noon, with festivities beginning at 5pm as the Christmas lights come on. Reservations will open October 12.
To order, call the Membership office
Holiday Festivities: As with any Zoo trip, the animals play a special role and for at (317) 630-2046, Monday-Friday,
the holidays, with special dolphin shows and keeper chats. During the event you can from 8am-5pm. Tickets are $20.00
decorate cookies, write letters to Santa, warm up at the campfire, and watch animated for member adults and $14.00 for
light shows. Before December 25, be sure to visit with Santa to let him know your member children.
holiday wishes, visit with Mrs. Claus and listen to local school choirs and carolers
perform your favorite holiday jingles.
New Areas: With Encounters now open, a full light show and decorations will be added save the date
to this area of the Zoo. Plus, you can warm up a frosty nose watching a family holiday elegant Vintages 16th
movie together in the 4-D Theater. International wine auction
Due to the ground breaking for the all-new International Orangutan Center, we are
presented by fifth third private Bank
moving Santa’s Village to White River Gardens. No worries though — you can still meet March 16, 2013
the big guy and take photos indoors inside the Gardener’s Pride Gift Shop. conrad hotel, Indianapolis
Christmas at the Zoo is free for members and included with Zoo admission. This elegant black-tie optional event
features live and silent auctions and
special Member tips includes non-wine items such as original
art, winery trips, designer jewelry, behind-
• Come out early: Enjoy smaller crowd sizes by coming the-scenes tours at the Zoo and more!
out on any Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday before
Christmas or before 5pm to see the animals prior to the Other festivities include The Turkle and
lights popping on at dusk. Associates and Phases Skin Care and
Laser Center VIP Patrons’ Reception, a
• Spirit of the Season: Bring a hat, scarf or glove donation multi-course gourmet dinner paired with
to decorate our Mitten Tree. All items will be donated to exquisite wines, and live entertainment
St. Mary’s Child Center located near the Zoo. following the auction. Visit Special
• Dress smart: Wear layers and you’ll forget all about the Events at indianapoliszoo.com for more
cooler weather. It also makes it easier to go from petting Photo: Jason Wr igh
sharks inside to being wowed by the light displays outside! Special thanks to our 2012 sponsors: Fifth
• Save room for dessert: With special treats from the famous Santa’s Sweet Shop, you’ll Third Private Bank; Turkle & Associates
want to make sure you’re ready for some delicious snacking. and Phases Skin Care and Laser Center; Leo
Brown Group; Olinger, Glazer’s, In Vie.
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Power Recycling Weekend presented by BrightPoint • Nursing Moms Nest
noveMBer 23-deceMBer 30 presented by Riley
Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and TCU Hospital for Children
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Encounters)
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animal amigo: (317) 630-2049 school field trips/class
9am-7pm (Open Labor Day) 12Noon-9pm, Wednesday-Sunday reservations: (317) 630-2000
septeMBer 4 – octoBer 31, 2012* Closed: Monday-Tuesday, Christmas contributions: (317) 630-2703
Eve & Day and New Year’s Eve & Day corporate sponsorships: (317) 630-2009 volunteer services: (317) 630-2041
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Gift shop: (317) 423-2577
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Thanksgiving Day Membership: (317) 630-2050