Indianapolis currently has a zoo that opened in 1988 in White River State Park. However, prior to that, from 1964-1987, they had an older zoo (owned by the same Zoological Society) located at George Washington Park, "between 30th and 34th streets east of Keystone". This thread is about that old (1964-1987) zoo. My interest starts primarily from a place of nostalgia, as I have many (fading) childhood and teenage memories from the 70's and 80's. But I am open to the thread expanding beyond that, to include anything about the old zoo, including the history that led up to it, what happened to the site afterward, etc. I'm particularly interested in maps of the old zoo (which I always took home as a kid and would study for weeks, but was too young to realize I should preserve for history!), as well as blueprints and photos of old habitats or guest areas, lists of animals held, etc. I've found a few photos online of Willie the Whale, the windmill entrance, and a few of the fairy tale style buildings, as well as various close ups of animals that ran in the newspapers. But everything I've found seems to be in a more "close up" style rather than an overview or panorama view that would help me recreate the place in my mind. I'm sure some of the absence is simply being lost to history, while another part may be intentional to highlight the good of the current zoo and cover over what was perhaps less ideal about the old one. (I remember a circular elephant pit, for example, which I'm sure wouldn't meet any modern standards, and which stands in stark contrast to the great work the current zoo has done in giving these animals more space). I also have a vague memory of a large flamingo pond outside a red barn, which may have included or been adjacent to zebras and ostrich? And also what I vaguely remember as a dark reptile house, and an "aviary row", which would have been a path with bird cages on both sides. (But the mind sometimes plays tricks, so I may be mixing things up). At any rate, this thread is a place to post memories, stories, facts, maps, photos, links to books or websites, or just ask questions about the zoo of that era.