Indianapolis a top 10 city for wildlife

A river otter (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Tim Daniel)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis has been named a top 10 city for wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation.

Indianapolis ranks eighth in the nation, having more than 900 certified wildlife habitats.

The NFW ranked American cities by three criteria:

  1. The percentage of parkland in each city,
  2. Citizen action to create wildlife habitat, and
  3. School adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens.

“America’s most wildlife-friendly cities are located in every corner of our nation from sea to shining sea,” said Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation. “The common thread between these cities is that citizens are coming together for a common purpose, to create a community where people and wildlife can thrive.”

Click here to see the other cities honored. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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