The votes are in!  Here are the results from Kids4Nature 2015:

Sumatran Tiger – 93,378 – Winner!

Giraffe – 88,345

Hellbender – 64,212


Kids4Nature invites every zoo guest to make a difference for wildlife conservation.  Your vote at the Kids4Nature kiosk helps us direct our $80,000 conservation commitment to projects locally and around the globe.  Every vote matters!

How Kids4Nature Works

On every visit, you’ll receive a recycled metal washer that represents 10 cents. Visit the Kids4Nature kiosk near the Lion Drinking Fountain and read about the three conservation projects. Cast your “vote” for your favorite project by dropping the washer in the wishing well.  Your vote helps determine how much funding each project will receive.

Additional votes can be made with real quarters, nickels, and dimes – 100% of any added contributions will go toward the voted project. Total contributions are calculated from April – October.

2015 Kids4Nature Featured Projects

These three projects will share 50% of all Kids4Nature funds in 2015, with the allocation proportional to the number of votes received.  The other 50% of Kids4Nature funds will be shared by our Conservation Partners.

                         Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran tiger2-small squareWith only about 400 tigers remaining in Sumatra’s rain forests, these magnificent cats are perilously close to extinction.  Kids4Nature supports organizations that target illegal cutting of Indonesia’s rain forests, increased law enforcement, and education.

eastern hellbenderThese two-foot-long salamanders live only in unpolluted rivers in southern Indiana.  Using Kids4Nature funds, the zoo rears baby hellbenders until they are two years old.  When released into wild rivers, these juvenile hellbenders have a greater chance of survival

wild giraffe herdThe world’s tallest animals are disappearing from Africa’s savannahs – In just 15 years, their numbers have fallen by nearly one half, to 80,000 animals today.  Kids4Nature supports organizations that advocate for greater protection for these iconic African animals through data collection and research.