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Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo. Tortoises, start your engines! Thanks for joining the zoo for the 37th annual "running" of the Zoopolis 500 presented by the American Dairy Association Indiana. Held annually the Wednesday before the Indianapolis 500, this unique Zoo event and race fan favorite includes a morning of family-friendly pre-race festivities leading up to our radiated tortoise race to the finish. Each year, guests can cheer on their favorite tortoise as they race up, down and around the straight track! But these natives of Madagascar aren't racing for a trophy. Instead, they're after the delicious fruits waiting in the winner's circle. As they race down the course, see if you can catch a glimpse of their beautifully marked shells, which have star-patterned stripes radiating from the center (hence their name). Because of these markings, radiated tortoises are considered to be one of the world's most beautiful tortoises.


Earlier Event: May 20
47th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair
Later Event: May 24
Network of Women in Business