As such, this raises a number of questions:
Is this the end of Animalia? Not exactly. While we will no longer be able to provide education programs or wildlife rehabilitation services, we will still maintain our website and social media as an educational resource and we will still collect donations to support animal organizations in need and conservation efforts.
What will happen to the animals? Steps have been taken to place the animals with zoos and education organizations so that our trained animal ambassadors will be able to continue the good work of connecting people with animals and nature. To date, 107 of our 130 animals have been placed and we are confident the other 23 will find homes soon.
When will Animalia close? Our last public education program will be on Nov. 19 at the Central Library downtown Indianapolis from 10am-Noon for their Lego event called Animal Allies. After that, the remaining animals will be picked up by or delivered to the respective zoos and organizations that will permanently care for them. The animal care facility will be closed by Thanksgiving.
Is there any way I can help? Closing a facility still has associated costs including deconstruction, site repair, and most importantly, veterinary pre-shipment testing of the animals, health certificates, and travel costs to deliver the animals to their new homes. If you would like to make a donation to help with these costs, you can