Polly Horton Hix


Born and raised in Chicago, Polly Hix now serves as a Trustee for Cheetah Conservation Fund after meeting Dr. Marker at the Indianapolis Zoo in 2008. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indiana State Museum Foundation, the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the University of Indianapolis, and the International Crane Foundation.

She is professionally recognized by two Governors of the State of Indiana with the “Sagamore of the Wabash Award,” the highest award given to a civilian in the state of Indiana, and was 1989’s Philanthropist of the Year from the National Association of Fund Raising Executives. She has established the Polly Horton Hix Center for Animal Conservation and Research at the Indianapolis Zoo and funded and named the animal hospital, The Polly Hix Animal Care Complex. Due to her extensive benevolence and contributions to the city of Indianapolis, March 21, 2004 was named Polly H. Hix Day.

Outside interests include travel around the world to all seven continents, animals and animal conservation, SCUBA diving, reading and Great Dane dogs, of which she has raised numerous champions.