Ways to Help Our Mission

Through generous support from our community and beyond, the Zoological Society has contributed to conservation efforts all over the world, educated hundreds of thousands of families about animals and the environment, and helped maintain and improve our beloved Milwaukee County Zoo. Donor gifts have helped build a new elephant home, study tapirs in Belize, train future exotic animal veterinarians, teach Milwaukee schoolchildren how to be animal ambassadors and much more!

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Here are some of the ways you can contribute to our efforts:

Sponsor an Animal

You can show your love for your favorite animal while supporting our mission to conserve, educate, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Almost any animal at the zoo is available for sponsorship at a variety of price points. You can even choose one of our limited-time offers and receive a plush-toy animal and other goodies! Take some time to learn more about our Kids Conservation Club while you check it out!

Find Out How to Sponsor Today!

Sponsor an Animal

You can show your love for your favorite animal while supporting our mission to conserve, educate, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo. Almost any animal at the zoo is available for sponsorship at a variety of price points. You can even choose one of our limited-time offers and receive a plush-toy animal and other goodies! Take some time to learn more about our Kids Conservation Club while you check it out!

Find Out How to Sponsor Today!

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Join the Platypus Circle

The Platypus Circle is a special group of families, individuals, corporations, and foundations who share a passion for our mission. Donors in our Platypus Circle enjoy transferable membership cards, invitations to VIP events, behind-the-scenes tours and more!

Join the Circle

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Buy a Zoo Pass

Every Zoo Pass purchased helps the Zoological Society fulfill its mission to support conservation projects that save threatened and endangered animals, provide education programs for nearly 250,000 children and adults each year, and support the Zoo.

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Make a Donation

General donations we receive go directly to funding our education and conservation initiatives and to help support the Milwaukee County Zoo in their efforts. Use your credit or debit card to donate today.

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Contribute to Our Capital Campaign for Adventure Africa

We are currently raising $25 million to support a robust renovation of the Milwaukee County Zoo that will include new habitats for elephants, hippos, rhinos, and African hoofstock.

Check Out Our Adventure Venture

Grant Giving

Grant Giving

Many corporations, individuals, and foundations choose to support our mission of conservation, education, and support of the Milwaukee County Zoo through grant giving. We proudly recognize our grantors of $2,500 or more in our Serengeti Circle of donors!

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Join The Simba Circle

Join the Simba Circle

Members of the Simba Circle have made the very generous decision to include the Zoological Society as the beneficiary of a planned gift through their will, a charitable trust, their retirement plan, or a life insurance policy.

Join the Circle

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Memorial/Tribute Gift

Honor your loved ones by making a gift in their name. Benches with namesake plaques are placed inside the Zoo for a wonderful way to continue their legacy for years to come. Family and friends can also choose to donate to projects around the Zoo in honor of their loved one.

Make a Memorial/Tribute Gift

Our Annual Appeal

Support Society and Zoo conservation efforts by giving to our 2021 Annual Appeal. We need your help in raising money for a filtration system in the elephants’ outdoor pool. Your donations will help the Zoo save water, save money and allow the elephants to spend more time outside.

Check Out This Year’s Annual Appeal

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Corporate Sponsorship

Every year, dozens of community leaders choose to partner their companies and showcase their brands with the Zoo and Zoological Society through sponsorship of special events, traveling exhibits, education programs, and attractions! Sponsorship partners of $2,500 or more are also recognized in our Serengeti Circle!

Become a Sponsor

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Matching Gifts

Many corporations choose to match gifts made by employees and retirees to qualified nonprofit organizations. Find out if your company participates to double your giving dollars!

Find Your Match

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Donate Auction & Raffle Items

Many individuals, organizations, and companies choose to support the Society by donating raffle items and packages from local businesses and individuals for use in silent auctions. We host several silent auction fundraisers during events like the Zoo Ball, Birdies & Eagles Golf Tournament, Puttin’ on the Ritz, and Zootastic. All auction proceeds support our mission!

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Zoo and the Zoological Society rely on volunteers to make the Zoo a great experience for everyone. Volunteers share insight about the animals, help with the day to day operations, ensure the success of our special events and much more. Groups and organizations are also encouraged to check our volunteer opportunities.

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