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Long-Tailed Macaques Coming to the @IndianapolisZoo, May 26, 2018

April 2, 2018 1 comment
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Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

Sharing One World: Long-Tailed Macaques

​​Opening May 26, 2018 at the Indianapolis Zoo

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

On Memorial Day weekend in 2018, macaques will make a splash in their brand-new exhibit – “Sharing One World: Long Tailed Macaques.” Indianapolis Zoo members can enjoy exclusive preview days on May 24-25 and the exhibit will open to the public May 26, 2018.

Long-tailed macaques are a unique monkey species that spends time in the water cooling off, playing or escaping predators. Unlike other macaques, long-tailed macaques are the only ones that swim throughout their entire life – making them the perfect addition to the Oceans Area.

Native to Southeast Asia, the macaque lives side by side with humans in an urban setting and are at times seen as pests. Like all animals at the Indianapolis Zoo, the macaques are ambassadors for their species, sharing a conservation message about the importance of humans coexisting with animals.

As the human population continues to grow, human and wildlife will have to share the same space. Hoosiers can learn to share urban areas with wildlife, just as the people in southeast Asia have learned to share space with the long-tailed macaque.

The zoo has a troop of 29 macaques with 22 females and 7 males. The monkeys are led by a male named Graham. There is a baby boy named Paul and a baby girl named Ren. Local schools suggested names for the troop, and the keepers matched each macaque to his or her name based on their unique personalities.

Once open, the macaques’ habitat will feature pools surrounded by grassy areas as well as a few raised platforms that extend over the water. Not only will this design reflect the architectural styles found in Southeast Asia, we hope it will encourage the macaques’ unique — and very fun — natural diving behaviors that guests can watch through multiple glass viewing windows.

For more information, visit http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/plan…/animals-exhibits/oceans, or call 317-630-2001.

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Indianapolis Zoo Summer Concert Series 2016

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Indianapolis Zoo. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

There will be more than birds singing this summer at the Indianapolis Zoo as two popular concert series return to offer nine nights of music, food and wild fun.

The Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz series, both presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers, will feature a diverse lineup of musical performers, including many acts that are new to Zoo concert crowds as well as a few returning fan favorites.

Guests start their weekend on a high note with Zoolapalooza. Now in its sixth year, this concert series will feature some of the area’s top bands playing a mix of classic favorites through today’s popular hits. The music will be rockin’ each Friday night from June 17 to July 8. The 2016 Zoolapalooza lineup will feature:

• June 17: Airstream Betty
• June 24: Tim Brickley and the List
• July 1: Dave & Rae
• July 8: Parrots of the Caribbean

As the summer heats up, visitors can keep it cool with Animals and All That Jazz. One of the Zoo’s longest-running events, this concert series will showcase a full range of distinctive artists, acts and musical stylings. Now in its 29th season, Animals and All That Jazz kicks off July 7 and continues every Thursday through Aug. 4. The 2016 lineup will include:

• July 7: Tucker Brothers Band
• July 14: Gene Markiewicz DM Jazz 8
• July 21: Ty Causey
• July 28: Craig Brenner and the Crawdads
• Aug. 4: Cathy Morris and Brazilian Jazz

For all concerts, live music will play from 5:30 to 8:30pm in the Party Pavilion near the front of the Zoo. Rides and animals will be available until 7pm, and with plenty of exhibits nearby, visitors can enjoy the full Zoo experience without missing a beat. In addition to regular Zoo fare, each concert will also feature a different menu of specialty food items and a full bar.

Summer concerts are free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. Discount tickets will be available, while supplies last, at Indiana Members Credit Union locations. Guests can also save money by purchasing advance tickets online at http://IndianapolisZoo.com/

Tickets on Sale for Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolala

January 12, 2016 Leave a comment
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White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

Guests will be transported to the mysterious African wilderness when the Indy Zoo Council hosts Zoolala 2016: Amazing Africa on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in the White River Gardens building (pictured above).

This fourth-annual event will begin at 6:30pm with a VIP reception presented by Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, followed by general admission from 7:30pm to midnight. Tickets are now on sale exclusively through the Indianapolis Zoo’s website.

This vibrant evening of fabulous food, fun and philanthropy provides the perfect opportunity for Central Indiana’s emerging and aspiring leaders to network and engage each other in a social setting while also supporting the Zoo’s animals and programs.

New this year, attendees can start the party early during the VIP reception, which will include special animal chats in the Hilbert Conservatory, early bar access and delicious offerings from The Oceanaire Seafood Room and Open Society Public House.

During the main event, guests will enjoy tempting fare prepared by Zoo Executive Chef Joe Hsu and other area restaurants as well as an open bar with beer provided by Sun King Brewing Co. Additionally, the craft cocktail competition presented by Southern Wine & Spirits will feature the specialty drink creations of some of Indy’s top mixologists. Plus, party goers can dance the night away to live music by the Brett Wiscons Band and DJ Lockstar.

The festivities will continue into the early morning hours with the official Zoolala After Party at Severin Bar. Plus, as the event’s official hotel partner, the Omni Severin Hotel is offering Zoolala guests a discounted room rate.

Tickets for Zoolala 2016 are $150 per person for general admission and $200 for VIP. Attire is black-tie and all guests must be at least 21 years old.

Founded in 2011, the Indy Zoo Council is comprised of community leaders age 25-40 who are dedicated to supporting the Zoo and its mission of advancing animal conservation. Zoolala is the Council’s signature event, which in its first three years has raised more than $100,000 to help fund the feeding and care of nearly 1,400 animals and 31,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection as well as its global animal conservation initiatives.

For more information, call 317-630-2001.

Christmas at the Zoo, Nov. 27 to Jan. 3

November 22, 2015 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Zoo. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

The warm glow of twinkling lights will fill the night sky as the Indianapolis Zoo brings together the best of the holiday season with a wild twist for its 47th year of Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union.

This festive tradition began back in 1967 when the Indianapolis Zoo became the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event. Now, more than 100,000 guests each year come to make new Christmastime memories.

This year, visitors can experience the magic of this beloved event from 5-9pm Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 27-Jan. 3, plus Dec. 21, 22, 28 and 29. The Zoo is closed on Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day.

The Zoo opens daily at noon, and guests are encouraged to come early to find parking and visit with their favorite cold-weather critters, like tigers, polar bear, sea lions, walrus, brown bears and more.

The Zoo’s many indoor exhibits offer a perfect place for guests to go when cheeks get rosy, while special animal keeper chats throughout the day will help put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Guests also have a chance to win an Animal Art Adventure by finding the mistletoe hidden around grounds.

As the sun sets, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland filled with colorful, 100-percent LED lights and displays, including We Three Trees presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and the All-A-Glow Light Show presented by United Healthcare.

As visitors stroll through the Zoo, they can sip on a cup of hot cocoa, sample delicious holiday treats, listen to local choirs on the Holiday Harmony Stage presented by WTHR and enjoy traditional carolers singing by the fireside.

Additional activities await in White River Gardens at Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-fil-A, where the little ones will love decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa and meeting Kriss Kringle himself through Dec. 23.

The wintertime crafts and activities continue even after Santa heads back to the North Pole, and visitors can enjoy Santa’s Tropical Paradise inside the Hilbert Conservatory throughout the holiday season.

Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission for other visitors. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations.

Guests can receive $1 off admission at the gate with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to benefit St. Mary’s Child Center. Visithttp://www.IndianapolisZoo.com/ for advance tickets and more information, or call 317-630-2001.

A Great Day at the Indianapolis Zoo

June 27, 2015 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

It’s easy to dream about taking a trip to the beach or the mountains or some special place that’s captured in your imagination, but we often overlook the obvious gems right under our noses.

You don’t have to travel all over the country or the world to have a good time. Indianapolis is living proof of that. And one of those gems is the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens.

In the course of covering Indianapolis events, I drive by the zoo almost every week. But I haven’t been inside the zoo in nearly five years. I discovered this week that a LOT has changed since the last time I visited.

With its entertainment and rides, dining options, special exhibits, and all those animals, the Indianapolis Zoo is among the best attractions in Indiana. The Oceans, Forests, Deserts, Plains, and Flights of Fancy areas—in addition to White River Gardens—offer visitors a wide variety of viewing and interactive activities and a full day of fun.

Bath Time at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Bath Time at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

My personal favorites during this visit were the elephants in the Plains area. I found two active youngsters in the pond just swimming and splashing and having a good time and putting on a real show for the spectators (see photo above). Simple enjoyment at its best! I also enjoyed getting up close and personal with the giraffes (as the photo below reveals!).

Up close and personal with the giraffes at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Up close and personal with the giraffes at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

That’s not to overlook or overshadow the other activities at the zoo. Each day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the zoo offers a regular summer schedule with special chats at designated hours of the day, such as Tiger, Cheetah, Parrot, Baboon, Python, and Meerkat Chats, plus the Dolphin Presentations three times a day in the Dolphin Pavilion and the All-Star Dog Challenge four times a day most days of the week.

Butterflies Exhibit at White River Gardens.

Butterflies Exhibit at White River Gardens.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Two notable temporary exhibits—the Butterflies exhibit at the Hilbert Conservatory (see photo above) and the Koalas exhibit in the Forests area (see photo below)—both end on Sept. 7, 2015.

Koala action (?) at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Koala action (?) at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

But the biggest noticeable change since my last visit is the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center in the Deserts area, an imposing structure with a cathedral-style architecture. The entrance almost made me feel like I was entering a church! And you can get up within inches of the orangutans (as well as many of the other animals, on the other side of the glass, of course). Fascinating creatures!

Hire wire act at the Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Center.

High wire act at the Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Center.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

As my photos reveal, many of the animals are as curious about you as you are of them. It makes for an interesting and visually-appealing experience, and is certainly a photographer’s delight! I had a bear-y good time [grin]:

A bear-y good time at the Indianapolis Zoo.

A bear-y good time at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

On a side note, I was wheeling my camera equipment around in a sizable cart, and so I’m happy to report that the grounds are fully wheelchair- and handicap-accessible.

There’s so much more than I’ve covered here in a short blog post. When you throw in special events like Zoobilation, Zoolapalooza, Animals and All That Jazz, ZooBoo, Christmas at the Zoo, and all the other special events each year, the zoo is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been lately!

Flamingo Exhibit in the Flights of Fancy area at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Flamingo Exhibit in the Flights of Fancy area at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

The Indianapolis Zoo is located in White River State Park at 1200 West Washington Street, just on the west side of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, and is open daily beginning at 9 am.

For more information, visit http://indianapoliszoo.com/, or call 317-630-2001.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indianapolis Zoo provided a free media pass and tour guide for this visit. Thank you for the hospitality! Please note that these photos were taken from the general visitor areas that any zoo visitor can access.

Kombo Coaster in the Deserts Area at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Kombo Coaster in the Deserts Area at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Riding the Zoo Train in the Plains Area at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Riding the Zoo Train in the Plains Area at the Indianapolis Zoo.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.