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Indianapolis Zoo Receives $4M To Open Conservation Center

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A young elephant at the Indianapolis Zoo. ((Indianapolis Zoo))

The Indianapolis Zoo is using a $4 million startup grant to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species.

Zoo officials call the center a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize, which honors animal conservation leaders.

The center is a partnership between the zoo and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission. The two signed a deal Monday to establish the center during a commission meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The zoo received the funding from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the fledgling center.

The Global Center for Species Survival is expected to open in 2020. The center will employ a team of nine experts in Indianapolis who will work with more than 9,000 wildlife experts around the world.

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