Donate to
the Must Do Zoo

Donate to the Must Do Zoo

Let’s Work Together

It’s with the donations of our supporters that the Zoo has continued to thrive for over 100 years. Please see below for ways to help the Zoo continue to grow!

Giving Programs


Tributes & Memorials

Tributes & Memorials

Today at the Zoo

Other Ways to Help the Zoo

Capital Campaign

Envision Extraordinary

Support the Zoo’s current Envision Extraordinary Capital Campaign to continue renovations on our WPA-era structures, construct new exhibits and experiences and cement our status as a world-class animal care and conservation organization.

Questions? Please contact the Zoo’s development department at 419-385-5721, ext 2074.

Donate to Capital Campaigns

Zoo Pal

Proud Animal Lover

Be an animal parent without all the work! Zoo PAL sponsorships are the public’s best way to take part in our animal care as donations go directly to the diet, enrichment and health of your chosen animal. In return for a Zoo PAL sponsorship, donors receive a certificate, window decal, name on Zoo PAL board for one year and an invitation to the annual Zoo Friends’ Night.

Zoo PAL sponsorships include:
Certificate of sponsorship with photo of sponsored animal
A plush with donation of $50 or more
Zoo PAL window decal
Name on Zoo PAL board for one year
Invitation to annual Zoo Friends’ Night to visit sponsored animal and meet keepers and staff that care for and feed your Zoo PAL

  • Donate $100 or more to be invited to annual Zoo Donor Breakfast
  • Donate $200 or more to have names listed on a plaque at animal’s exhibit for one year and invitation to annual Lights Before Christmas Donor Party
  • Donate $500 or more to also be invited to choose a Zoo Donor Tour
  • Questions? Please contact the Zoo at 419-385-5721, ext 2078.

Zoo PAL Promotions



Why Donate To Conservation

Together with partners around the world, your Zoo is working tirelessly to safeguard a future for endangered species and disappearing habitats. With your support, future generations will get the chance to know, appreciate and love many species that could otherwise become extinct.

  • Conservation Today donors who contribute $100 or more are recognized in the Zoo’s annual report, listed on the Conservation Today recognition board and invited to annual Zoo Donor’s Breakfast.
  • Contribute $500 or more and also choose a Zoo Donor Tour. Click here to learn more about tours.

Questions? Please contact the Zoo at 419-385-5721, ext 2083.

Companies For Kids

Gift a Zoo Visit

This fund, open to businesses, organizations and individuals, provides free admission passes to underprivileged, at-risk and developmentally challenged youth, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the Toledo Zoo. Zoo passes prominently display the donating company’s name on each ticket. Benefiting students are requested to send thank you letters to contacts at each donating company for their generosity.

Questions? Please contact the Zoo’s development department at 419-385-5721, ext 2069.

Corporate Partnerships

Together We Can Do More

Partner with the Toledo Zoo and engage more than one million visitors annually. Align your organization’s message with the Toledo Zoo’s mission of inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. Through a variety of opportunities from mobile marketing days, special events to exhibit openings, the Toledo Zoo offers unique opportunities for branding and activation.

Questions? Please contact the Zoo’s development department at 419-385-5721, ext 2069.

Planned Giving

A Promise to Protect and Promote

There are many ways to help ensure a long-lasting future for the Toledo Zoo, including charitable trusts, annuities, bequests, insurance policy beneficiaries or other financial or tangible means.

By listing the Zoo in your estate planning, you become eligible for the prestigious Silverback Society. Just as the silverback gorilla defends and provides for his family, you can help to preserve and protect one of our community’s most important family institutions.

Questions? Please contact the Zoo’s development department at 419-385-5721, ext 2074.


Gifts in tribute are a meaningful way to honor a special occasion or the memory of a friend or family member.

Questions? Please contact the Zoo at 419-385-5721, ext 2078.

Starfish Donation Program

Sponsor a colorful starfish plaque on the stone wall by the Aquarium Adventure Trail!

Zoo Bricks

Leave a lasting mark with a commemorative brick surrounding the iconic panda statues.

Tree Legacy Program

Give the gift that keeps on...growing! Sponsor a tree on Zoo grounds.

Zoo Benches

Have a personalized place to sit and reflect by purchasing a bench on Zoo grounds.

Elephant Plaques

Go big with an elephant plaque in the seating area near Tembo Trail.

Hand-Blown Glass Sea Jellies

Be artsy with a one-of-a-kind glass jelly in the Aquarium.

Matching Gift Program

Your company can help double, or even triple, your contribution.

Amazon Smile

Select the Toledo Zoo to receive 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases.

Donate Your Time

We have volunteer programs for adults, teens, and internships too!

Recycling Wish List

Recycle household items to benefit animal care and Zoo maintenance.


Recycling the seemingly non-recyclable.

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