One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference.” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference to that one.”
Adapted from “The Starfish Thrower” by Loren Eiseley

Starfish Donation Program

Be like the boy in the story and make a difference…

Purchase a limited edition Toledo Zoo commemorative starfish! They are the perfect way to celebrate an occasion, memorialize a life, honor an individual or group or simply be a part of Zoo history.

These starfish, available in 6 colors, will be displayed along the Aquarium Adventure Trail wall for all visitors to admire and enjoy.

Starfish can be purchased for $250 each and can be personalized with up to four lines of text (26 characters per line).

Only 200 commemorative starfish will be available.

For more information or to purchase a starfish, please contact Robin Guidera at or 419-385-5721 ext. 2091.

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