Indianapolis Zoo

Zoo adopts variable-pricing strategy for tickets

June 7, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Indianapolis Zoo last month dumped its old model of set ticket prices and installed a variable model—a first for the industry and one with mostly higher prices—to correspond with the opening of its orangutan exhibit.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Welcome to the ape house

May 31, 2014
Lou Harry
The zoo’s new orangutan house is ready for prime(mate) time. And visiting is addictive.
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Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center set for opening

May 23, 2014
Associated Press
The $26 million International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Saturday. Zoo officials expect a tremendous attendance boost from the exhibit.
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Indianapolis Prize goes to woman for work with lemurs

May 13, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Patricia Chappelle Wright, a distinguished primatologist and professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, has won the 2014 Indianapolis Prize for her efforts in animal conservation, the Indianapolis Zoological Society announced Tuesday.
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Zoo expecting huge boost from $26M orangutan centerRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Lou Harry
The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center opens at the Indianapolis Zoo May 24 (members get a look beginning May 21). And it’s hard to imagine a bigger zoological box-office draw than an octet of expressive, engaged, personality-overflowing primates
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Zoo lands $5M gift for new orangutan center

May 5, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The $26M exhibit will be named the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center in recognition of the donation from Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt.
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Herd of nominees up for $250K animal conservation prize

August 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Thirty-nine protectors of pronghorn antelope, sea turtles, jaguars, ibis, puffin and other endangered species have been named as nominees for the Indianapolis Prize.
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Construction on orangutan center halfway done

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
The zoo says construction is expected to be complete by December. The center is being funded by a $30 million capital campaign.
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Zoo kicks off public phase of orangutan campaignRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Indianapolis Zoo leaders staged a pep rally at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to garner support for what they call the “new team in town”—the seven orangutans expected to take up residence at the end of the year.
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Zoo group introduces smaller counterpart to ZoobilationRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
The Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council—a recently formed collection of about 50 “young professionals” who support the Indianapolis Zoo—is hosting the inaugural Zoolala formal affair on Feb. 2.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2012 A&E favorites

December 28, 2012
Lou Harry
With so much to choose from, it's impossible to say what was best. Instead, here are some of my favorites of the year.
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Zoo building impressive fundraising recordRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Zoo has reeled in $25 million of the $30 million it’s seeking for a capital campaign that will pay for a new orangutan facility, among other projects.
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Katie Betley throws herself into community serviceRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Katie Maurer
Whether she’s working with the Indianapolis Zoo, the United Way of Central Indiana or Butler University, Katie Betley is a constant presence in civic circles, a whirling dervish of volunteerism and can-do spirit.
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Zoo breaks ground on $21M orangutan exhibit

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Zoo officials are hoping to finish strong on the organization's largest fundraising effort since the zoo moved to White River State Park in 1988.
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Indy Zoo gets $2M gift for planned orangutan center

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Zoo said Thursday it that it received a $2 million gift toward its planned orangutan center from the family foundation of hotel developer Dean White.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Zoo's new 'Flights of Fancy' area soars

May 26, 2012
Lou Harry
What's new at the Zoo. Plus thoughts on "Forever Sung" and "Antigone."
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Zoo extends hours as warm weather brings big crowds

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
Zoo officials say the zoo will be open an extra hour, until 5 p.m., through this week to accommodate the visitors coming out during the early spring warmth as many area school districts are on spring break.
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Zoo launches $30M campaign to build orangutan center

December 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Construction on the International Orangutan Center would start in August, with the opening set for Memorial Day weekend in 2014.
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Backers seek support for 2-mile streetcar line downtownRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Downtown Indianapolis Streetcar Corp. said a circulator route between downtown and the Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park might cost $20 million to $25 million to build and equip.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Zoo's top dog aims to inspire

August 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Crowther_WatchVideoHow does the Indianapolis Zoo aspire to save the world? What has its CEO learned from past mistakes? Michael Crowther has answers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Old favorites still satisfy

October 30, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, some top picks from Indianapolis museums' and attractions' permanent collections
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LOU'S VIEWS: Race to Indianapolis Zoo's new cheetah exhibit

June 5, 2010
Lou Harry
Cheetahs: Race for Survival” is a terrific addition to the Indianapolis Zoo, even though its primary selling point—speed—can’t actually be seen.
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Indianapolis Zoo opening new cheetah exhibit

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The $2 million exhibit opens Saturday featuring five of the fastest animals on land.
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Indianapolis beats Louisville on visitors, but not spaceRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Together, the Kentucky International Convention Center and the Kentucky Exhibition Center offer cavernous space. However, Indianapolis is attracting more guests.
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Indianapolis Zoo blames crowd drop on bad weather

January 6, 2010
Associated Press
The zoo says it drew 1.05 million visitors during 2009, down from 1.1 million in 2008.
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