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Animalia

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Training, Animals

Mission: The mission of ANIMALIA is to engage and educate the public to further the appreciation, conservation and responsible care for natural habitats and all animals: native, exotic and domestic.

Results: Each year, Animalia helps connect over 30,000 people to animals and nature at over 400 interactive animal education outreach programs. Animalia is based in Boone County, IN and serves all of Central to Western Indiana. We seek to provide an even greater way to engage with nature and animals through the eventual construction of Animalia's Interactive Nature Park and Global Center for Nature. Learn more and contribute on our website at the Help Animalia page.

Target demographics: Children aged 3-18 yrs. for animal education programs.Adults and families for animal behavior consultations and trainings.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 30,000

Geographic areas served: Central to Western Indiana

Programs: Education Outreach Programs, Animal Behavior Consultation and Training, Wildlife Rehabilitation

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!!

Jennifer583

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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).

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


My library absolutely loved the program!!! It was so informative and interactive. I would recommend it to anyone

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Rebecca169

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Katelyn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.
Please check out our website and Facebook - have we visited your child's school yet?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!
http://www.animalia.us/help-animalia/global-center-for-nature-campaign/

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.