ANIMALIA

Rating: 4.94 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 7993 N. US 52 Thorntown IN 46071 USA

Mission: The mission of ANIMALIA is to engage and educate the public to further the appreciation, conservation and responsible care for all animals: native, exotic and domestic.
Results: Animalia has helped connect over 32,000 people to animals and Nature in 2012 at 434 interactive animal education outreach programs. Animalia is expanding its operations at its new site in Thorntown, IN and outfitting a new Animal Facility. With this move, Animalia is opening new markets in Tippecanoe, Montgomery, and Clinton Counties in addition to its strong presence in Marion and surrounding counties.
Target demographics: Children aged 3-18 yrs. for animal education programs. Adults and families for animal behavior consultations and trainings.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 32,000
Geographic areas served: Central Indiana
Programs: Education Outreach Programs, Animal Behavior Consultation and Training, Wildlife Rehabilitation
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 26-0526276
317-695-5461
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Rating: 5 stars  

What can I say! Animalia (Ailigh and Joel) are outstanding and the most dedicated and hard working people who spend days and nights caring for all kinds of animals. Have been to many of their presentations and whether children or adults the presentations are so well thought out, lots of energy put into the programs and the audiences certainly learn a lot about domestic and exotic animals. They also have a wonderful group of volunteers who are dedicated to Animalia and know this not for profit company could not do without them. Thank you for all that you do Animalia.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Animalia, Inc. is an fantastic organization run by amazing people who have a passion for animals and people. I interned there over this past summer and can honestly say that I look at Joel and Ailigh Vanderbush as my role models. Having observed and helped out with numerous programs over the summer, I got the chance to see them both in action. They do a wonderful job of getting the children and adults excited about the animals and their history. They also take wonderful care of their animals. Animalia, Inc. has done an amazing job of carrying out their mission to bring people closer to nature.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This group does an outstanding job bringing wildlife to the public. A world class organization certainly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Anamalia is a fun and hip organization they have a great member bass and explore exciting opportunities children schools in families there a great asset to the community and should be honored.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Animalia a few years ago, and I just played a character at their Annual Charity Gala: There's No Place Like Home. They are growing so quickly, reaching more people than ever before, and taking in a lot of animals. They put a lot of effort into the care and development of their animals! Joel and Ailigh are wonderful people with fantastic staff and volunteers. I'm so proud of where they are now and where they're going in the future!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Animalia has done many programs at our library branch. Joel and his other staff are excellent at getting children to understand the lives of animals. They present their animals in a safe and interesting manner. They readily communicate their passion for animals to the children. When they have interns or volunteers helping them, each volunteer seems equally invested in the group's mission. Very impressive.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Animalia came to help my toy store, My Toy Garden, celebrate our 2nd birthday. They handled all communication expertly and timely. They arrived on time and were well prepared. The animals were well taken care of and clearly loved very much. The staff member interacted with the children in a friendly and professional way and was very knowledgable. I highly recommend them!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing I can think of.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Animalia has come to our school for multiple after school and camp programs. What we appreciate most about Animalia is that Joel makes it about the animals. The animals are the stars of his presentation. He does not patronize the children or the adults by making the presentation corny or cheesy. He seems to realize that the creatures he brings are magnificent enough to keep children's attention.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a larger variety of animals. We have had them out several times and are not seeing a big repeat of the exact same animals but it would be nice to be able to choose from a larger variety.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Animalia since 2011 and have found it to be some of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Animalia does so much to serve Indianapolis and surrounding communities and serves an important purpose that no other organization fulfills. Animalia's directors, board members, volunteers, and interns are passionate, dedicated, and hard-working individuals committed to environmental and wildlife conservation and education as well as animal welfare. I can only hope that Animalia continues to grow and touch the lives of many more children, adults, and animals and that I continue to be connected to these amazing people (and animals).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NOT!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Animalia for a little over a year now and feel honored to be a part of an organization that is doing so much good in the community. Children and adults that attend Animalia's programs get to share in an experience that not only educates them on wildlife and conservation but that also inspires a sense of wonder and responsibility for the animals and their natural habitats.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Animalia put on a show for the Walk To End Lupus Now event 10/12/13. The show was wonderful! We had many compliments from kids and adults alike who enjoyed the information Joel shared and the animals he showed. I'm on the committee for the walk, in which I am in charge of acquiring various forms of entertainment. I personally thank Joel, director of Animalia, for his patience and for working so well with me during the planning of the event. I commend his ability to be flexible and spontaneous, having made adjustments to his performance the day of the Walk due to unforeseen circumstances and yet still put on a stellar show. I hope that funding for both Animalia and Lupus Foundation continue so we may be able to have the amazing animals and the program back again next year. ~Michelle, Committee Member, Walk To End Lupus Now

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

At this point, I do not see changes that need to be made.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As Chairman of the Back to the Fifties Festival, Inc in Lebanon, IN ANIMALIA was part of our entertainment. We were delighted to see the interaction they had with the children as well as the adults attending. Their critter program kept the attention the entire time while giving great educational information. This was our first experience with this organization but it will certainly not be the last as we have already contacted them for a booking date for 2014. We recommend this experience for families of all ages. The enthusiasm of the Director and care taken with the animals was wonderful.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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