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:
Sponsor An Animal Gorilla Lto

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Found in tropical forests in western Africa, the western lowland gorilla live in small social groups called troops. These troops generally consist of multiple females and their offspring lead by an adult male called the silverback. Named for the white patch of fur on their back, silverbacks tend to be the oldest and most mature member of the troop. The troop spends most of its time searching for food such as fruit, leaves, stems and roots as well as insects such as ants and termites. Nests are built for sleeping, either in trees or on the ground.

In April 2021, three western lowland gorillas arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo, two females and one silverback male. Female, Nadami, is the youngest of the three gorillas. Zookeepers describe her as being very sweet.

A great ape would make a great gift this holiday season with a sponsorship of the western lowland gorilla, Nadami. It also makes a great gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. This limited-time offer is available through Jan. 31, 2022.

  • An adorable plush-toy gorilla
  • A colorful fact sheet on gorillas
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • An invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors at the Zoo
  • Sponsor recognition on our “All in the Family” donor board for a year
  • A Sponsor an Animal decal

Send your gift anywhere in the continental United States. Shipping & handling included. We must receive your order by Dec. 16, 2021, to guarantee delivery for the Christmas holiday.

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, 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
Chapman’s Zebra, Kelly
Chinese Alligator, Yang
Fennec Fox, Ollie
Golden Lion Tamarin, Pequeňo
Japanese Macaque, Negai
Ostrich, Gigi
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Seamus
Siamang, Zachary Ann
Straw-colored Fruit Bat, Luna

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

$2,500 Level
Colobus Monkey, Anna
Western Lowland Gorilla, Dotty

If you are interested in sole sponsorship of a wonderful animal at the Milwaukee County Zoo, please call (414) 258-2333, ext. 201, 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.

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$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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