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Slow but steady, the Indianapolis Zoo reopens June 19

Quinto the sloth from the Indianapolis Zoo is hanging from a tree

As temperatures begin to rise and students are home for the summer, the Indianapolis Zoo is a perfect day trip to add to your summer bucket list. The Indianapolis Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has been located in White River Park since 1988. The 64-acre Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals of approximately 230 species. For all the botanists out there, the Zoo also includes 47,000 plant specimens that are available for viewing year-round. 


We have all experienced an unpredictable and unexpected start to 2020. But you can always expect to have a fun-filled day at the Indianapolis Zoo. Because of COVID-19, the Zoo had to close for a duration of time, but they are ecstatic to finally announce that the reopening is Friday, June 19.


The Indianapolis Zoo is the nation’s largest privately-funded zoo. Their overall mission is to empower people and communities to advance animal conservation on a local and global spectrum. Although the Zoo is planning on reopening this Friday, there are still many guidelines and regulations that must be followed in order to participate in the fun:

  • For the time being, you must reserve your ticket online for admission into the Zoo
  • Wearing masks and face coverings are highly recommended, but not mandatory for guests
  • You must wait until the approximate time of your reservation to enter, so no need to be an early bird
  • The water fountains have been turned off and food vendors are extremely limited, so bring snacks and drinks for you and your family
  • Stay hydrated and practice sun safety—Indianapolis can get toasty so bring extra water for you and your kids and make sure to pack on the sunscreen
  • Bring your credit cards, the Zoo is a cashless experience until further notice
  • There will be more sanitizer available to guests throughout the Zoo 
  • The Zoo will be sanitized and disinfected daily and a specially trained cleaning crew will conduct continuous rounds of disinfecting in high contact areas like restrooms, trash cans, picnic tables and handrails  
  • Although the refill stations for the refill souvenir mugs will be closed, there will be water bottle filling stations available inside the Oceans building and Ascension St. Vincent Dolphin Gallery so you can refill water bottles there


If you would like additional information regarding the Zoo’s rules and guidelines, check out their website for more information. 

We have been proud partners with the Indianapolis Zoo for more than 15 years. The Indianapolis Zoo has created unforgettable memories for our own employees, agents and clients throughout the years, and we continue to look forward to working with them each year through many volunteer opportunities, field trips and events. We are proud to sponsor the Zoo map that is given to visitors upon arrival. The map has changed throughout the years, but the relationship between our two organizations has not.

The Indianapolis Zoo map from 2018

Being able to support and partner with an organization that creates joy and promotes advancing animal conservation is rewarding in so many ways. Our company has also participated in volunteer events, including one that our employees made educational toys for the animals, helped make signs and prepared for big events the Zoo was hosting. We also give our employees the opportunity to chaperone kindergarteners from SENSE Charter School on a field trip to the Zoo once a year. This opportunity is loved by many and gives employees the chance to enjoy the Zoo while sharing it with the children in our community.


Go online now and reserve your tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo. Although our world has changed in many ways, the joy individuals and families get from visiting the Indianapolis Zoo has not been altered. Be safe and make sure to wave hi to Quinto, the sloth, on behalf of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance while visiting the Zoo!