Sponsor an Animal

Red Apes

Orangutan Alex

The word orangutan means “person of the forest.” These red-haired apes spend most of their time living in trees in the tropical and swamp forests on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Their long, strong arms and hook-shaped hands make swinging from branch to branch a breeze.

Meet Alex! Alexandra, also known as Alex, is a 37-year-old orangutan that arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in summer 2019 from the Cincinnati Zoo as a companion for the Zoo’s resident male, Tommy. Zookeepers describe her as sweet and intelligent. She loves being outside and observing the public. She is also quite the artist and loves to draw with chalk for enrichment.

Instead of red roses this year, get your loved one a red ape. Sponsor Alex for only $50 and help the Zoological Society fulfill its mission. An animal sponsorship is a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or even a special Valentine’s Day “treat!” This limited-time offer is available through April 30, 2021.

The $50 sponsorship package includes:

  • An adorable 8-inch plush-toy orangutan
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • A colorful fact sheet about orangutans
  • An invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors held in August
  • A one-year subscription to Alive magazine and Wild Things newsletter
  • Sponsor recognition on our "All in the Family" donor board for a year
  • An Animal Sponsor decal and gift card
  • And a solid chocolate heart

Upgrade your sponsorship to the $75 level to receive a photo of Alex and two Zoo attraction tickets in addition to the benefits listed above.

Send your gift anywhere in the continental United States (shipping and handling included). We must receive your order by Feb. 5, 2021, to guarantee delivery for Valentine’s Day.

Plush-toy orangutan

Sponsor Alex the orangutan

If you prefer to mail your order in with a check,
print off this convenient order form.

Sponsor an Animal

The tax-deductible portion of this sponsorship is $38 ($50 level) and $58 ($75 level). Merchandise included in the package includes 5.6% WI sales tax. Plush-toy, candy and decal offers are good while supplies last.

Your contribution may qualify for matching gifts. Please check with your employer.

The proceeds from the Sponsor an Animal program help the Zoological Society fulfill its mission. In accordance with WI Statute 440.455, a financial statement of the Zoological Society will be provided upon request.