INDIANAPOLIS — Ambrose Property Group has donated 10 acres of land and the Indianapolis Zoo has purchased an additional 16 ½ acres of space from Ambrose’s development property across the street from the Zoo. The Zoo and White River Gardens currently covers 67 acres and this new addition of 26 ½ additional acres allows for future expansion.
“This is a terrific example of how Ambrose continues to be invested in our community and proves its leaders care about the future of our city and the Zoo,” said Dr. Rob Shumaker, Zoo president. “The first thing members and visitors will notice immediately is more available parking for ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo this year. Hundreds of extra parking spaces are already being utilized along Harding street at the west end of the Waterside development area.” Starting Oct. 17-27 during ZooBoo, parking will be available at the new South Lot as well as a shuttle to the Zoo. The new lot will also be used as necessary during Christmas at the Zoo.
The land deal is the perfect solution to allow the Zoo to move forward with expanding animal areas and educational programming into its current parking lot space. Since the Zoo is landlocked, the current parking lot area is the only available place to expand animal habitats.
The Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals including 213 species. Internationally known for both the cognitive research underway at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation, the Zoo is also one of the city’s most visited attractions within steps of the Convention Center and downtown. “Our city is fortunate to have the world-class Indianapolis Zoo here, and Ambrose is proud to play a role in their programming expansion,” said Aasif Bade, Founder and CEO at Ambrose Property Group. “Ambrose strives to authentically support communities in which we do business and this land partnership is a perfect example of that effort.”