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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

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!
Thank you!
Angie Moody

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

boonemd

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Stephen30

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Janet85

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Maribeth B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Cindy108

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Cindy Merrick
Secretary/Treasurer
CICBC

Wilbur T.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Jason56

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Tommie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great program with great staff and volunteers! I have learned so much and I love their website.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Emily44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Jo__6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Learning is never, ever boring when you attend an Animalia event. There is always something new to see. With wild animals, you never know what might happen and that makes each experience that much more memorable. The staff and volunteers are extremely knowledgable and dedicated, both to the welfare of all wild and domestic animal life. They even know how to handle the human animals as well. :-) Everyone should take this opportunity to visit an Animalia event. You may never get this close to a wild animal ever again. You won't be disappointed. Grade = A++

Maulik K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined Animalia Board, and have been very impressed with the passion, vision, and plain execution of the programs of this organization. Simply stated, Animalia is great at educating the public about the wonderful environment we live in, and the animals that live among us. The organization has great outreach programs, and continues to make a mark in the society.

Matt33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i was an intern with Animalia a couple summers back, and boy are they somethin' else! Animalia does a fantastic job of providing children and adults with practical information regarding our animal friends, and their presentations they give to the public are executed with utmost excitement, enthusiasm and professionalism. Animalia is a great non-profit organization, and I would highly recommend them to any event, show or program involving the education of animals and the importance of conservation.

Heather64

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had Animalia come to our 3 sons birthday party. The kids learned a lot about the different animals they brought but the best part was that they had no idea they were learning because Joel made it a blast with interactions that brought the information to them on a level they could really grasp. He had them up moving and acting out different animal behaviors and traits. The best part was the parents and other adults that were there took time to tell us how much they enjoyed the show and what they learned. It was wonderful to have them. We have also been to several of Animalia's public shows from PBS Kids in the Park, to the Children's Museum, to library events. They bring the same fun and learning to all their shows that they brought to our boys' party. We try and catch any shows we can as we always learn something.