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 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.