Our History

  • 2013:
    • Animalia was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Non-profit by GreatNonprofits.
    • Animalia delivered 415 education outreach programs and reached over 30,000 people.
    • Animalia continued to sponsor events such as the Earth Day Celebration, WFYI’s PBS Kids in the Park, and the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Animalia appeared numerous times on WISH Indy Style TV.
    • Numerous animal enclosures were constructed throughout the year.
    • At its annual Charity Gala, Animalia unveiled its plans to construct its Global Center for Nature and interpretive nature park and launched a $2 million, 5 year fundraising campaign.
  • 2012:
    • The growth of Animalia and brand recognition increased further by becoming a listed sponsor for events such as the Earth Day Celebration, WFYI PBS Kids in the Park, the Ferret 500, and the Hoosier Outdoor Experience.
    • Animalia appeared on Pet Pals TV, Indy Style TV, and throughout the month of July, ran a series of commercial spots on WFYI’s PBS Kids TV program.
    • Animalia was selected as a 2012 Top Rated Non-profit by GreatNonprofits.
    • In December, Animalia moved to its new site in Thorntown, IN to allow for facility expansion and to expand its reach into new markets such as Lafayette and surrounding areas while still serving its base in Central Indiana.
    • Animalia delivered 434 education outreach programs and reached over 32,000 people.
  • 2011:
    • Animalia conducted 347 education outreach programs, reaching 20,814 people.
    • Animalia’s Executive Director, Joel Vanderbush, became an Advisory Board Member for Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University.
    • Animalia launched an expansion plan to purchase and conserve native Indiana woodlands and build a new facility.
  • 2010: Animalia received its USDA License as a Class C Exhibitor.  Due to recession, closed dog daycare and training center.
  • 2009: Launched its college intern program.  Expanded dog daycare and training center.
  • 2008: Became a permitted organization with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife.  It began conducting seminars for universities on animal careers and also launched its volunteer program.  Opened dog daycare and training center.
  • 2007: Animalia incorporated and achieved non-profit status as a 501(c)(3) and became a 509(a)(2) public charity.
  • 2006: Established its animal collection and began conducting education outreach programs.
  • 2005:  Founded as a consultation firm, Animalia’s services included program development for zoos and animal organizations, event speaking, animal training and behavior consultations.