Support Your Favorite Animal

Show your love for animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo by sponsoring an animal! Each animal sponsorship helps the Zoological Society fulfill their mission to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Pick your favorite animal or choose a limited-time-offer animal sponsorship opportunity that comes with a plush toy! Each sponsorship comes with a certificate, a subscription to Wild Things newsletter and our Alive magazine, your name displayed in the Peck Welcome Center, and an invitation to a behind-the-scenes event. Higher sponsorships come with even more benefits like attraction tickets, a picture of your sponsored animal, or a private behind-the-scenes tour.

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Limited-Time Offers

Our exciting limited-time offers are a great opportunity to help sponsor an animal. These offers generally coincide with significant holidays, making your contribution a perfect gift for a friend or loved one! For a set price, you can get all the benefits of sponsoring an animal plus an adorable plush.

Our current offers include:
Red Panda Cinder

Warm & Fuzzy Valentine!

Newborn red panda cubs are born covered in thick gray fur that turns red over the next couple of months. Their coloring camouflages them among the moss found on the trees where they live. Almost half of the red panda’s total body length is in its fluffy ringed tail. Their tail acts as a scarf when wrapped around their body as they sleep. Red pandas are considered endangered due to deforestation, poaching and trapping.

Meet Cinder! On June 12, 2022, Cinder was born at the Milwaukee County Zoo. She is the third cub to dad, Dash and mom, Dr. Erin Curry.

A sponsorship of the red panda, Cinder would make a warm and fuzzy gift for someone special this Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. 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, 2023.

  • An adorable plush-toy red panda
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • A colorful fact sheet about red pandas
  • An invitation to an 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
  • A Sponsor an Animal decal
  • And a solid chocolate heart

Upgrade your sponsorship to the $100 level to:

  • Receive a photo of Cinder and two Zoo attraction tickets in addition to the benefits listed above.
  • Be entered for a chance to win a red panda behind-the-scenes experience for four!
    • The person purchasing the red panda sponsorship will be entered into the drawing. Sponsorship must be purchased on or before Feb. 28, 2023, in order to be entered. Tour must be scheduled ahead of time and cannot be booked between April through August. Children must be 4 years old or older and accompanied by an adult. Winner will be notified by email or phone.

Send your gift anywhere in the continental United States. Shipping and handling included. We must receive your order by Feb. 7, 2023, to guarantee delivery for Valentine’s Day.

Kids Conservation Club

Give kids a chance to make a difference – after all, they’re our future conservationists! The Zoological Society’s Kids Conservation Club gives children the scoop on endangered species and ways to help these animals survive. For $25 a year (per child), Kids Conservation Club members sponsor an endangered animal at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Benefits include an animal fact sheet on that year’s animal, collector cards with endangered animals, the child’s name in the Peck Welcome Center, invitations to educational workshops that include crafts and zookeeper talks, and much more.

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Gift Sponsorships

Animal sponsorships make great gifts for people of all ages for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries and so much more. If you sponsor an animal as a gift, benefits apply to the gift recipient. However, the gift is tax-deductible for the person that purchased the sponsorship. We also invite the gift-giver to the Animal Safari, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors.

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Gift Sponsorships

Animal sponsorships make great gifts for people of all ages for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries and so much more. If you sponsor an animal as a gift, benefits apply to the gift recipient. However, the gift is tax-deductible for the person that purchased the sponsorship. We also invite the gift-giver to the Animal Safari, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors.

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Sole Animal Sponsorships

Is there an animal that you or your organization or business would like to make a significant contribution to at the Milwaukee County Zoo? While most animals available for sponsorship through the Zoological Society’s Sponsor an Animal program have several sponsors, there are some animals that are available for sponsorship by just one person, group, or family.

$500 Level
Japanese Macaque, Negai
Ostrich, Gigi
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Seamus
Straw-colored Fruit Bat, Luna

$1,000 Level
Bonobo, Faith
Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth, Nentas
Red River Hog, Mort
Red Ruffed Lemur, Sirius
Reticulated Giraffe, Marlee
Spider Monkey, Chimaltenango

$2,500 Level
Bonobo, Qasai
Cheetah, Mila
Colobus Monkey, Anna
Reticulated Giraffe, Maya

If you are interested in sole sponsorship of a wonderful animal at the Milwaukee County Zoo, please call 414-479-2941, for more information.

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School & Youth Groups

Our school & youth group animal sponsorships are a great way to connect children with wildlife! Schools and youth groups can sponsor an animal and receive great benefits:

$25 Donation Level

At the $25 donation level and up receive a fact sheet about the animal along with a picture. The group name will also be on display in the Peck Welcome Center for one year.

Sponsor an Animal for Your Group

$100 Donation Level

At $100 level or higher, we will arrange for a zookeeper to talk to your group during a field trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo. (A minimum donation of $150 is required for school/youth groups with more than 130 students to receive the zookeeper presentation benefit.) This is a great opportunity to talk with someone who works directly with the animals and to ask questions. Keeper presentations are held from October through April and must be scheduled four to five weeks prior to your visit.

Sponsor an Animal as a Gift for a Group

If you are interested, please call (414) 258-2333, ext. 201, for more information.

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Matching Gifts Program

Double your gift by taking advantage of your employer’s charitable match program! Find out if your company has a matching program and request the appropriate form to go along with your donation or proof of it, to the Zoological Society. Companies may match your entire donation or the tax-deductible portion of your donation. Please check with your company.

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