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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.