Close encounters with the animal kingdom


Marty O’Shaughnessy


The first step into the dolphin tank is the moment fantasy turns reality. Only reality is better than you ever imagined.

Standing in waist-deep, 80-degree water, face to face with an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, you can reach out and touch him. With his trainer at your side, you can send him into a high flip in the air, dance in the water with him, reward him with fish and even get a kiss.

The Indianapolis Zoo is the only place in the Midwest where you can get into the water with some of the zoo's eight amazing dolphins. It is a best-kept secret well worth sharing.

The experience begins with learning about dolphins in a classroom near the pool, followed by the dolphin show and the dolphin encounter.

Many people can only admire the dolphins from a distance, but you'll be astonished by how great these animals are up close.

"It's a great experience for anyone," says Indianapolis Zoo dolphin trainer Kelly Tabor. "It allows people a closer look at dolphins that might help them realize why we need to protect dolphins and how they are important to our world."

The zoo's Dolphin In-Water Adventure is 90 minutes that will last a lifetime.



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