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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 20, 2020
Free with donation of nonperishable food item for Gleaner’s Food Bank
Presented by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Service and community were central themes in the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In celebration of his life and legacy, guests are invited each year in January to join the Indianapolis Zoo as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day presented by Honda Manufacturing. Along with our partners in White River State Park, parking and admission to the Zoo are free on this day with the donation of a non-perishable food item for Gleaner’s Food Bank (minimum donation of one item per person).
Thank you to all of those who braved the cold temperatures for the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Your abundant donations were greatly appreciated.
Although the Zoo is usually closed on Mondays in January, weather permitting, it will be our privilege to open our gates on this day to those with a generous heart. You’ll not only enjoy a special visit to the Zoo but also a special feeling of helping our community. Our hardier animals will be out to enjoy the day, including sea lions, tigers, walrus, brown bears and more. The Zoo’s indoor exhibits—Oceans, Dolphin Dome, Deserts Dome, Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and Hilbert Conservatory – will be open as well. Plus guests can enjoy a free Dolphin Presentation.
The Zoo utilizes this annual observance of the civil rights leader’s life to continue the on-going commitment and dedication to serving a diverse community. For nearly 20 years, Zoo and White River State Park have taken this opportunity to give back to our community. Through your contributions, we are able to support Gleaner’s Food Bank and help feed families throughout our community!
Making Changes with our Marine Mammals
With the arrival of Ginger and Aku, we say so long to Pakak and Aurora
Change is sometimes difficult, but it can also be extremely important. That is especially true for the recent changes to our marine mammal family here at the Indianapolis Zoo.
This past November, we said goodbye-for-now to our two walrus, Pakak and Aurora, as they made their way to new homes. Their moves are part of a bigger plan for walrus. With only 14 walrus living in four zoos and aquariums in the United States, we all work together as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. In the best interest of the species, these moves were recommended to encourage breeding within the small population of walrus in human care.
Since Pakak is still young, he was moved to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium to be reunited with the young male he was rehabilitated with in Alaska following his rescue. Aurora, meanwhile, moved to SeaWorld Orlando to have the opportunity to breed with their adult male.
Traveling with a walrus takes a lot of time and planning to ensure they arrive happy and healthy at their destination. Both Pakak and Aurora were accompanied by staff—including myself—throughout their entire journey and the familiar faces of their Indianapolis trainers were there to welcome our walrus to their new environments and teaching their new caretakers all about them.
It has been a wonderful experience watching both walrus as they interact with their new friends, both human and animal. It’s also great to know they will be well cared for by their new caretakers and loved by a whole new audience of zoo visitors.
As part of this transition, we’re excited to welcome two young walrus calves from SeaWorld Orlando named Ginger and Aku and provide them an excellent home here.
By Erika Allen
Senior Marine Mammal Trainer