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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

36 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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Molly42

Client Served

Rating: 5

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! :)

rhunt

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!