Your Zoo Needs You

A silverback gorilla is a magnificent creature to behold. This imposing patriarch boldly watches over his family members, guiding their movements and protecting them from external threats. It’s ironic that such a powerful animal is endangered in the wild and depends largely on the good will of people for its preservation.

Just as the silverback protects his family and relies on the support of others, the Toledo Zoo must also protect what we have now for future generations to enjoy. Planned giving allows donors to give to the Zoo through their estate plans to care for and maintain the buildings and exhibits that make us one of the country’s best zoos. Estate gifts can include bequests through one’s will, retirement accounts like an IRA, gift annuities or insurance policies.

Leadership Has Its Rewards

Once you have chosen the form of planned giving that is right for you and your family, the Zoo would like to thank you by enrolling you in the Silverback Society, which entitles you to several exclusive benefits. As a Silverback Society member, you will receive:

  • An annual invitation to attend exclusive events with the Zoo’s president/CEO
  • A skillfully rendered statue of a silverback by former local artist Pat Wagenman
  • Recognition on our Silverback Society donor board located in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza
  • Annual listing in the Zoo’s Annual Report

There is also the option to remain anonymous, for those who prefer their gift to not be made public. For more information on planned giving and the Silverback Society, please contact Toledo Zoo’s development office at 419.385.5721