■ The animals are in specific biomes or environments, divided into deserts, oceans, plains, forests, aviaries, and the International Orangutan Center. Give yourself enough time to take it all in.
■ Check indianapoliszoo.com for hours and admission prices. Admission varies each day, depending on the volume of visitors expected. You can purchase tickets online ahead of your visit.
■ Consider a Total Adventure Package to cover all admission costs at the zoo or buy a set of 10 tickets that will get you on the rides (train, carousel, Skyline, roller coaster) and admitted to the 4-D theater and certain other events, such as hand-feeding the giraffes or lorikeets.
■ The dolphin shows are included in the price of regular admission, but a special ticket must be obtained at the front gate. The International Orangutan Center, the splash park and the shark touch pool are also included in the admission cost.
■ Also included in the admission price are numerous chats and feedings by zookeepers, with a variety of animals; a trained dog show; and a “flamingo mingle,” with the birds walking among visitors. Schedules are at the gate.