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Indianapolis Zoo Walk Through 2019

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  1. Grizzly Hound

    Grizzly Hound Well-Known Member

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    This will basically be me giving you a tour of the zoo just by talking. Enjoy! If you have any questions about the zoo just ask.

    OCEANS AND MARINE MAMMALS
    The first exhibit you see when you walk through the gates is a large rocky shore exhibit with a pool. This contains the zoo's California Sea Lions and Grey Seals. The seals are actually new to the zoo and their are two seals Scooter and Ziggy, and they came to the zoo from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. The exhibit actually has an underwater viewing which will see later. Then, to your right is the entrance to the Oceans building, the first thing you see when you walk in is a tank for Cownose Rays and Smooth Dogfish Sharks and the tank has a few rocks. The next tank is a coral reef with lots of tropical fish and a Moray Eel. Now, the last tank which once contained Moon Jellies now contains Lionfish a very invasive species. The next room is the Shark Touch Pool where you can touch sharks in what is sometimes called the largest touch tank in the world. On the walls are graphics that tell you why sharks attack us in the first place. Apparently, when you lay on a surfboard and if someone else looks at you from underneath you like a sea lion and sharks think you are one, and that's why they attack us. The next room has three tube tanks for more fish and Pot-bellied Seahorses and on the walls are smaller tanks with Clownfish, Cardinal Fish, Starfish, and Shrimp. Then, there is the underwater viewing for the seals and sea lions. Finally, the next room is a hallway with a double sided exhibit for the zoo's Penguins and the unique feature is below you where the penguins can swim below you. Before, we continue I want to talk to you about the history of this building. There is a website called the Way Back Machine where you can look at what curtain websites looked like years ago, and the Oceans building was called the World of Waters complex and it had Freshwater Fish, Caimans, Ibises, an Octopus, Puffins, and lots more. But, in 2006 the building was closed down and new exhibits were added and the building was renamed Oceans and opened in 2007. Anyways, before you exit the building there is the first viewing of the zoos Macaque exhibit. This was the zoo's Polar Bear exhibit, but it wasn't suitable for that animal. So, the zoo's Polar Bear Tundra was transferred to the Detroit Zoo in Michigan, but Tundra sadly passed away last year. But, in 2018 the zoo staff filled the exhibit with grass, added a tree house, a waterfall, and a new viewing shelter was built. And that year the zoo opened up Sharing One World: Long-tailed Macaques. These types of macaques live near bodies of water in there home range and are excellent swimmers, and with them replacing the polar bear and with them being more aquatic then the Japanese Macaque they are considered marine mammals. Next door there is path that goes downwards to the next exhibit, and it contains the zoo's Pacific Walruses. The underwater viewing is fogged up and hard to see them swimming, but back outside there is a top level viewing where you can see them better. Now walking towards the Dolphin Pavilion there is a stair case that takes you down towards the entrance to the underwater gallery. Added in 2005, you are taken in inside a large underwater dome where you can see the dolphins swimming all around you. The zoo does dolphin shows throughout the day where the keepers will train, feed, and play with the dolphins.

    FORESTS
    Now, after you check out the dolphins the next exhibit you see when you visit is the Forests Biome. You actually start outside the entrance with a meshed habitat for a troop of Ring-tailed Lemurs. This once contained the rare Blue-eyed Black Lemur and Red Ruffed Lemurs. The Ring-tailed Lemurs old exhibit was an island, now that area is the International Orangutan Center. Now, in order to see the Forests exhibit you have to backtrack towards the entrance, but then to your right is the entrance way to the Forest. The first thing you see is a small viewing of the tiger exhibit but there's a better view of the tigers later, but the first exhibit you see is a small yard with a tree and a couple of plants. This exhibit houses the zoo's Red Pandas which they actually once lived with a Muntjac for many years. The path then takes you to the Tiger Forest which was renovated in 2011, and the main exhibit is a large yard with a nice pool, it has lots of trees, balls for them to play with, and lots of space. This is a pretty amazing exhibit for tigers. Then, there is a smaller yard with rocks and a few trees. The next exhibit is another meshed habitat with lots of ropes for the zoo's Gibbons to climb around on. For many years the gibbons once lived with a large family of Asian Small-clawed Otters but they were phased out of the zoo in 2014. According, to the Way Back Machine when the zoo opened, this exhibit contained Tamarins, Finches, Tortoises, and Langurs. The pathway then takes you to the Macaw exhibit which is a tall glass exhibit for the zoo's large flock of macaws, and there's also an indoor area. During the day the zoo has macaw shows and the macaws actually fly freely towards the zoo's presentation area for the shows. This exhibit first held Bats for many years, then Koalas, then Red Ruffed Lemurs, and now Macaws. The second to last exhibit is a large yard with a waterfall stream with a pool and has some trees, and it houses the zoo's Brown Bears. There is also a glass viewing where the bears can get really close to you. And now, the final exhibit is a tall aviary for the zoo's Bald Eagle named Tempest.

    MISTERY PARK
    One of the zoo's newest exhibits is just next door to the eagles. It just opened a few months ago and it is called MISTery Park. This exhibit is a single path that forms a loop and along the path there are misters that fill the path with mist to cool you off on a hot sunny day. At the end there is two small trees that house a never before animal to be at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Two-toed Sloth! Then there is a small glass exhibit with a tree and a basket for the sloths to sleep in.

    DESERTS
    After you eat your lunch the next exhibit is in the distance. The Desert Dome is considered the zoo's Reptile House because, it mostly houses reptiles. When, you enter the temperature goes way up and large desert rocks and plants surround you. There are multiple exhibits with free roaming lizards, tortoises, quails, and toads. The most favorite of all the exhibits in the building is the Meerkat exhibit that was added in 2006, and is basically a sandy glass exhibit. Now, in the next room is the zoo's other new exhibit. It is called the Extreme Snakes exhibit, and it simply has terrariums for mambas, pythons, copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, and a gaboon viper. The next exhibit is the Slithering Hall and it has terrariums for Gila Monsters, Vipers, Boas, and Pythons. If you want to see all of the reptiles check out my Indianapolis Zoo Full Species List Thread. Then, before you exit there is a pond for Snake-necked Turtles. And that was the Desert exhibit.

    INTERNATIONAL ORANGUTAN CENTER

    This exhibit opened in 2014 and it is a way to show off the Orangutans life. It's a large building with a large trail around where they can climb around on. Inside is a large indoor orangutan conservation center where it tells you all about orangutans and how they survive in the wild. The main exhibit is in the center and it has lots of blankets, ropes, and lots of straw on the ground. At the top of the building is a tall beacon where it lights up at night and you can see it in many parts of downtown Indianapolis. And the apes can apparently switch it on and off.

    I will be going faster now because this is taking for ever to finish. I'm not lazy it's just a lot of typing.

    Flight of Fancy
    This exhibit opened in 2012 and replaced the zoo's old petting zoo. The first exhibit is a large yard with a pool for the zoo's flock of Flamingos. And you can also feed them now. The next exhibit is a tall meshed cage exhibit for the zoo's Hornbills, and when the petting zoo was around it contained a Red-tailed Hawk at some point. There are two walk through aviaries one for Lorikeets and the other for Budgies. The second aviary in with the Lorikeets contains Hyraxes.

    PLAINS
    The last exhibit in the zoo is the Plains Biome. The first exhibit is a huge yard for Zebras, Kudu, Ostriches, Storks, Vultures, and Wildebeest. The path loops around the other side of the yard and takes you to the second viewing. The next exhibit contains the zoo's Giraffes and Gazelles, and the zoo offers feeding for the giraffes. The third viewing of the savanna is the pool side where the storks usually tend to hang out. The third exhibit is a large dirt yard with a mud pit for the zoo's White Rhinos. There is a bridge thats places in the middle of the yard where you can see the rhinos up close. The next exhibit is a large yard for the zoo's Lions. The zoo has a female with her three cubs, two boys and one girl. Then around the bend there is a meshed habitat for a troop of Guinea Baboons which is fine but it could be an island. Across, from it there used to be an exhibit for African Painted Dogs, but that will now be the elephant expansion to there second yard. You get another view of the Lions, then another view of the savanna and across from the viewing there's a yard that sometimes contains the savanna animals. Then there's the Cheetah Exhibit which is two yards. Then, there's a small aviary for Couas, Cranes, Hornbills, and Guineafowl, and it once contained Bat-eared Foxes. Then, there's the largest exhibit in the entire zoo, the Elephant exhibit. It's two yards and in the middle is a large pool with a waterfall. There is also a small glass viewing where you can head to foot with the elephants. And now the final exhibit in the zoo that once contained a Komodo Dragon now contains Warthogs and Cape Porcupines.

    WHITE RIVER GARDENS
    Near the entrance is the garden area which is included with admission and it has free flying butterflies, a nature center, and an outdoor garden area. Surprisingly, you won't find any photos of White River Gardens on Zoo Chat.

    Thank you for checking this out, I know I went a little fast but if you want to know all of the animals check my full species list simply by going to my page. I will be visiting the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo either this month or next year and I will make a walk through thread on the Louisville Zoo at some point. Any questions just ask.
     
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  2. geomorph

    geomorph Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for this tour...is the ride still open that circles the International Orangutan Center?
     
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  3. Grizzly Hound

    Grizzly Hound Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the Skyline is still open.