The Beech Grove Parks Department has enjoyed the shows Animalia offered our community. They are very educational, professional as well as fun and interactive! It was a great show and we will definitely have them back in the future.
Animalia has presented programs at the Indianapolis Public Library for a few summers. They provide a great service with plenty of knowledge, expertise, and professionalism that translates to keeping audiences of all ages entertained and engaged. Nothing beats a great live animal program!!
Animalia is always a winning program at our school. Joel does an amazing job educating the children on a child friendly level. He always brings a wonderful variety of animals and lets the children experience a close encounter with many unusual critters.
We love Animalia at Trinity Child Care/Fishers
We had an absolutely fabulous experience with the Animalia staff and it's animals. They came right to our location and put on an awesome show. They had interesting animals and involved the children in their performance. The staff that put on the performance where personable and knowledgeable about the animals in their care. They brought animals that the children would not have otherwise had a chance to interact with in their everyday life.
I would recommend their show to anyone whom was interested in a real demonstration of animals, not just a theatrical event. The staff was able to answer questions about the care and the normal lives of the animals they were handling. All in all a good show.
Animalia has presented at our Adoptive Family camp for the past two summers. We have loved them! The kids love all of the animals and fun facts. The adults love the educational value and the fact that no two animals come twice. Joel and his team are great to work with. Prompt, reliable and a great value for what you get. We can't wait to have them again next year! Jill Henry, I-FACE (Indiana Families for Adoption Community and Education).
Joel did a wonderful job presenting their animal show to 125 campers aged 5-11. They did a great job keeping the large group engaged. We booked the show last minute, and Joel was very accommodating to find a day and time that they were available. They were a great addition to our animal theme week of camp!
Joel is absolutely amazing! He is super knowledgeable and really engages the audience. He does a great job of educating the audience about the specific animals, as well as tying it all together as to why these exotic and/or wild animals shouldn't be kept as pets. Animalia offers great programs and will work with you to tailor the program to your specific goals for a program of this nature.
We have used Animalia for 5 years at a camp that we host for kids with special needs. Joel and his staff are wonderful with the kids. We can always count on him to be on time and be interactive with the kids. It's one of the kids favorite activities of the week! I would highly recommend Animalia to anyone!
My library absolutely loved the program!!! It was so informative and interactive. I would recommend it to anyone
Animalia brought their program to our camp in Bedford Indiana. Joel and his crew did a great job educating and keeping the attention of over 100 kids! We really appreciate all their hard work!
We first heard of Animalia through our local library. They brought animals to the library to educate children about these animals. It was truly a wonderful experience, the children were able to see the animals, ask questions and even touch them. My kids loved the show! We decided to book Animalia for our kids shared birthday party. The kids had a blast! It is the most talked about birthday party in our large family. The children still mention information they learned through Animalia and I've notice they are leaning more towards books and shows that speak about animals and how to care for them.
I had Animalia come to my son's 7th birthday party. We had 14 6 - 11 year old's at the party. They brought the animals we asked for and gave an wonderfully interactive presentation. The kids had an amazing time, and many parents wanted to stay to see the animals. It was one of the best birthday's we have had for our sons after puppet shows, laser tag, bounce houses and the like. I highly recommend this as an opportunity for entertainment and education.
Animalia is always a great addition to events at the Indiana State Museum. Their professionalism makes them easy to work with, and they offer educational content that aligns with our mission. Always a pleasure to have Joel in the building. Our guests love it!
Animalia has continued to grow and exceed expectations over the past few years. Not only have we expanded the number of people we have educated, we have also grown internally to meet goals and push ourselves towards greater things.
Animalia is a one-of-a kind addition to Indiana. Addressing our children's Nature Deficiency Disorder is vital in this virtual age.
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Animalia continues to make an impact in Indiana's communities. This year, they have expanded to several more counties, reaching an increasing number of school children. I am always amazed to see the diversity in their programs and their animals. Animalia continues forward with their mission, and is working towards a larger goal, their Global Center for Nature. Check out our website for more information!
I really appreciate all that they do for the community. They are regularly at the library, teaching kids about animals. Everyone seems very smart and nice.
The animals there were so cool! The staff was great. Polite and well educated. Can't wait to go to the open house again next summer.
I am so proud and feel very privileged to know Joel and be on the board for Animalia. The genuine passion they have for what they are doing is unmatched. This organization works so hard and does so much for educating the community, taking care of animals, and just being a great example and leader.
I first learned of Animalia at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Oh my, I was blown away at how Joel connected with people at this event. Everyone seemed so engaged as he brought out various animals, talked about them, and let the kids touch them. Animalia's mission is to connect people with nature. How can we expect people to care enough about animals and nature to protect them if they know very little about them? I know not everyone loves animals the way I do, but I hope we can all agree we are part of a common ecosystem that we all benefit from when we take care of it. Animalia brings this thought together in a fun, informative, and interactive way. What an important message for our kids in today's world!
This organization goes above and beyond. They have taken on so many different animals and are working diligently to either keep them comfortable, rehab them, or provide them with a suitable habitat in which they feel right at home in the wild. They also do so much for the community with outreach programs and have been on local news channels to educate the community.
I love volunteering at Animalia! There are tons of different species that I've learned about and it's great animal handling experience. I look forward to coming to volunteer here every week because I love the animals, staff, and fellow volunteers. If you love wildlife, you'll love this place too.
I've visited Animalia a few times now and am always impressed by the facility and staff. It's a great organization. They do a ton for the community as far as education and outreach goes. They're a great group of people and I'm glad they're a part of the city.
I have been volunteering for Animalia for the past two years, and it has truly been an amazing experience! Joel and Ailigh Vanderbush, the two people who run Animalia, have given me great advice on how I can become a zookeeper/zoologist when I grow up, and the experience I get while volunteering here has helped me out a lot as well. These two amazing people care a lot about animals and want to make a difference in the world, and I have absolutely loved every minute that I've been here!
I have been volunteering at Animalia for over 3 years and couldn't imagine a better place to give my time. Everyone here works as hard as they can to provide the animals with the best care possible to keep them healthy and happy. In my opinion there is no better nonprofit in Indiana.
Our family loves Animalia. We have seen them at several events from PBS Kids in the Park to Hoosier Outdoor Experience to the small shows at the libraries over the summer. They bring not only education to the kids but it make it fun while they are learning. We love Animalia staff, volunteers and all the animals.
Love animals. Love children. Love learning.
Then Animalia is organization to get involved with. Joel and group combines all of these with a little bit of fun.
I am so proud, privileged, and honored service as a director for another year with this tremendous organization.
The entire group at Animalia continues to provides children and animals a wonderful opportunity to interact and learn from each other. Changing the world one program at a time.
I had a number of baby raccoons living in my attic a little over a year ago. After I was able to rescue them all, I was in desperate search of a facility I could trust to turn them over to, and make sure they would be taken care of. An animal -loving friend suggested Animalia, so myself, my daughters and I believe it was three babies took a little drive out to their facility, and it was awesome! They love and care for so many wildlings that need rehabilitated and released or cared for for the rest of their lives. This group of people truly love what they do and who they do it for! I recently recommended Animalia to the rescue I volunteer with when we had a family of baby opossums turn up on our property. Good word gets around! :)
I am the principal of Christel House Academy – West. Animalia recently provided our students with an exceptional series of lessons during our afterschool program. The students were from our 1st and 2nd grades. They were very engaged during each lesson, they loved the interaction with the animals, and they would tell me about things they learned during the week after each lesson. The depth of each lesson was rigorous and enriching, and students gained new vocabulary and connections to a variety of scientific and social studies related topics. Thank you to Joel and his team for making our Animal Adventures club a huge success this year.
I had heard about Animalia from a friend who highly recommended them for a youth group event. I have had them come to us for the past two years and have been so pleased with the show. The kids, about 50, have the best time learning about animals and being able to touch and pet them, well, that just makes it all the better. Not only do the animals entertain the kids, but so does the zoologist. I am already planning on having them come back next year and can't wait to see the animals they bring.
Our 8 year saw Animalia at the Indiana State Museum and immediately wished that she could have an Animalia Birthday Party. After speaking with Ratul, a board member, we immediately scheduled Animalia to come to her birthday party and be the main attraction. It was a smashing hit. We scheduled two 45 minute sessions and it flew by while capturing the attention of 15 8 year olds the entire time.
The animals were spectacular and Joel and Zach were fantastic with kids and with the size of the group. Joel was unbelievably accommodating as during the first 45 minute session, it started to pour and we moved into the garage. Animalia provided almost 8 animals and each was a smashing hit.
We would definitely do this party again and strongly and whole heartedly recommend Animalia for birthday parties.
Every year our museum holds a wizard-themed, hands-on science program for kids, and since 2011 we've had Animalia, Inc. kick off the event with a live animal show. They are fabulous! Joel and his team are enthusiastic and entertaining, and they have an incredible ability to connect kids with the animals they bring, while tying the program back to the wizarding theme. They are an incredible resource and are always a hit with kids, parents, and staff!
I'm simply WILD about Animalia's programming! I first began using them for programs at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and was constantly impressed with their professionalism, their ability to work with all age groups, and the overall quality of their programs. As the director of the Johnson County Museum of History, I continue to use them time and again with rave reviews from our visitors. I simply cannot recommend them highly enough!
I first learned of Animalia at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience a few years ago at Ft. Benjamin Harrison where Joel talked to our group of Scouts. The boys loved it. My son loved it so much that I contacted Animalia to do a birthday party at my house for my son's 9th birthday. Both times, not only was the event informative, but it offered a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with animals that you might not otherwise be able to and to learn about these animals and nature in a very engaging way. Animal's mission is real because of the hard work and passion that the volunteers, Joel, and Ailigh put into the organization each and every day through these outreach events, wildlife rehabilitation, animal training, and behavior consultation. I am now honored to serve Animalia as a Board member and be part of this amazing organization that connects people to nature.
We have had Animalia at our festival every year for the past 3 years and love them! They are so good at interacting with people of all ages and teaching about animals in a fun and engaging way. Joel is great to work with. We would definitely recommend Animalia to others!
We have had Animalia at our school for the last 2 years. It is a wonderful program. We used the program as a reward for honor roll students who had made honor roll 3 or 4 times during the year. Joel does an excellent presentation.
Animalia has been a part of the Earth Day Indiana Festival for many years, and they are always a huge draw. Joel, Ailigh & their crew provide both education and entertainment. We enjoy working with them and hope to do so for years to come! They are a true asset to our community.
Animalia has been part of the Cottage Home Neighborhood Block Party for a number of years (maybe 5?). We love Joel and his animals. The children and adults love learning about the animals, and getting to pet them is an extra bonus. He really knows the animals and also how to relate to his audience. We will definitely continue inviting them to our party!
We love Animalia!! They have been part of the Festival of the Turning Leaves the past 2 years and we definitely plan to invite them back!! I am chairperson for our committee and was so impressed with the previous year's performance and inter-action there was no question that we wanted them to return! They kicked off our entertainment for the weekend in one of the toughest time slots but the crowd gathered and got involved! It is so much fun to see people act like the animals and watch the kids listen and learn! Joel and Animalia have added animal education to our Festival with their knowledge and respect of the animal kingdom. We are fortunate to have Animalia in Boone County and wish them well!!
I am the coordinator of the Festival of the Turning Leaves in Thorntown, IN. Animalia was part of our entertainment schedule for the weekend. We really enjoyed their "live performance" ~ it was literally hands on for our audience of all ages. It was fun to watch the crowd bending & flexing trying to mimic the animals!
Animalia shared their love for the Animal Kingdom and their knowledge through the "Critter Chat" type program and we enjoyed every minute!!
We will definitely want them in our Festival line up next year!!
Joel did a great job with the animals at my son's birthday party. Everyone loved it. The presentation was not only interactive and fun, but was educational for the kids and adults alike.
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.
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.
This group does an outstanding job bringing wildlife to the public. A world class organization certainly.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
Animalia has been making an appearance at the Cottage Home Neighborhood Block Party for many years. We say we invite them for the children, but a lot of adults also stop to meet the interesting animals they bring. We have gotten to pet an iguana, talk to a parrot, and learn about many other interesting and unusual critters! Even when our budget is tight, we hope to continue having Joel and his animals back every year.
Animalia brought three of their birds to a monthly meeting of Central Indiana Cage Bird Club. They discussed the origins of birds on the planet and also related stories about working with pet parrots with issues. Our club found the meeting informative and were glad to get advice on handling of other parrot problems we all encounter. It was especially enlightening to have Joel spend as much time answering our questions and concerns as he did on the initial program.
Their presentation can be tailored from young children to adults.
We've had a variety of animal shows at the toy store; Animalia was one of the best. Joel spoke clearly and loudly so that all could hear as we were outside. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the animals & loved moving around like a ferret. Joel was able to teach the kids animal facts in a very interesting manner. He was very patient with the children as they came up to touch/pet the animals. I will definitely have Animalia back on another occasion.
Great experiance. Able to speak to all ages at our meeting. Shown great mastery of the birds and zoology. Engaged the group at all times. Really glad we had Anamalia at the club. Look forward to seeing them again soon.
Animalia has faced many challenges this past year in changing facilities, yet has still grown its programs to reach more children and communities in its continued mission to connect people with nature. Its vision for the future to provide the community a dedicated nature center and wildlife rehabilitation services makes it an exciting time to be a part of such a great organization.
I am an intern at Animalia and it was been a fun experience. I have gotten to learn a lot of animal husbandry, feeding, and even medical procedures. It has been an exciting 6 months. I have had wonderful experiences doing programs and interacting with the children that attend.
Animalia is an excellent organization. It provides an excellent window to the Animal kingdom, by providing an outstanding educational outreach program to the communities in Indiana. They provide great educational content, and a great learning opportunity for youth and adults.
Animalia is an excellent non-profit organization that actively supports the engagement and education of the public for the appreciation and care of animals. Animalia is led by two very passionate individuals whom have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of animals both domestic and exotics. Please visit one of their events, you will certainly be entertained but more importantly will expand your knowledge and understanding of animals. Please support them at www.animalia.us
I started volunteering at Animalia just to gain a little more experience of working with animals for my vet tech degree. I had no idea that I would get to meet great people, build animal enclosures, research new animals, and get to entertain people while doing so. I have volunteered with other animal groups, but I've not enjoyed them as much as I have Animalia.
I have been volunteering with Animalia for a few months now, and I can't believe all the great experiences I've had with the group. I get to handle animals, learn about animal care and feeding, and help with the outreach programs. I really feel that my time with Animalia will help me in my future as a vet tech.
Animalia is an amazing nonprofit organization! As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to interact and learn about several different animals and I would not have been able to have this experience anywhere else. It has helped me to understand animals and overcome some of my fears of certain animals such as skunks and snakes. They put on great programs for groups all across the state where they teach others about these animals. Once they raise enough money, Animalia is planning to expand its facilities and build the Global Center for Nature which will be better housing for the animals and will include an education center. This will be a great addition to Animalia and will be very beneficial to the community.
Joel gave his presentation to my daughter's Girl Scout Daisy Troop. He did a great job of keeping the attention and interest of 11 seven year-old girls. They loved seeing the animals and it was a nice complement to the "3 Cheers for Animals" Journey Book we were reading.
Would definitely recommend the Animalia program because it more educationally based than others I've been to at birthday parties, etc.
Animalia has by far been the best organization to volunteer with! The professional and knowledgeable staff, interns, and volunteers have always been a pleasure to work with and so have the animals! I have gotten to rehab orphaned and injured opossums, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and even an orphaned little three legged kitten! The cooing and trill of a baby raccoon as it is bottle fed is the sweetest thing. I have had the honor of seeing Animalia from the start and am proud to say that I volunteer for a great nonprofit animal education organization! The experiences I have had with so many animals will always stay with me! I have learned so much about animals and people while working here and it’s a great escape from daily life! I would like to say a warm thank you to the animals and people of Animalia!
This is a great group and truly need in the times we are in. Animalia cares for all animals and people. It is truly a bless to know and work with them to help the Indiana community. There programs are fun and educational for all ages and the work we got is one of a kind in Indiana. Thank you
I first learned about Animalia when they came to do a presentation at Purdue University where I was studying. From there I learned about their mission to further the appreciation of animals, and thus their care both in the home and in the environment, through education. I knew that this was an organization I wanted to be a part of and to learn from, so I became an intern with them. I can not even begin to describe how much that summer, and the proceeding volunteering, meant to me on both a professional and individual level. I learned so much about animals, animal care, educating, and myself that I would rightfully call it a life changing experience. Joel and Ailigh are two very fantastic people who are making a difference in this world and deserve all of the support that they have given and spread out into this world.
I was so excited to find Animalia. I donated my 18 year old blue and gold macaw to them 2 years ago as I was struggling with allergies. She is now an active member of their team. I have been so impressed with what they have done with her and to educate the community about animals.
My daughter volunteers for animalia. We recently moved here and it has given her the chance to meet new people and give back to her community. Working with the animals has inspired her to consider a career that would allow her to spend her life helping animals. Animalia has changed her life for the better. Not only do they save animals and rehabilitate them they educate and inspire people to do the same. They are helping save the world, one person and one animal at a time.