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October 27, 2016
All good things come to an end. After nearly 10 years of providing over 3000 animal education programs for nearly a quarter million people, we publicly announce the closing of our animal care facility and the end of our education outreach programs. As a non-profit, we have always been dependent on grants, partnerships, and program fees to support the care of our 130 animals representing 64 species as well as our staff. 2016 has been a difficult year financially as the loss of grants (both partnership and program) and lack of programming in the spring and fall has resulted in an irrecoverable loss. As a result, Animalia's Board of Directors made the hard decision to cease physical operations.
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 

As a non-profit public charity, it has always been Animalia's mission to engage and educate the public to further the appreciation, conservation and responsible care for natural habitats and  animals: native, exotic and domestic.  We have always appreciated the support and encouragement from our followers, fans, and friends. 

A special thanks goes out to all of those that have volunteered their time with Animalia over the years, contributing nearly 25,000 hours of service. Our volunteers, interns, board of directors and staff are the invaluable assets without which Animalia could never have existed. 

I personally have taken great pride in helping a generation of people create value for animals and nature while at the same time being able to pursue this dream of mine that was Animalia. Thank you for letting me and the critters of Animalia make a difference in the lives of the children and families of Indiana these many years. 

 

Sincerely,
 
Joel Vanderbush, Zoologist
Executive Director
Animalia, Inc.
joel@animalia.us
(317) 695-5461