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 Cheetah Lto

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The fastest mammal on land, the cheetah, can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in only three seconds. While running at full speed, the cheetah’s stride (length between steps) is 21 feet. Their feet only touch the ground twice during each stride. The cheetah’s lightweight skeleton and flexible spine allow for sudden, rapid strides and acceleration. Their tail is used to help them steer and keep their balance when running very fast. Semi non-retractable claws work like the cleats on a football shoe giving the cheetah a lot of traction while running.

Meet Minnie! In October 2021, Minnie, along with her sister Mila, arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The sisters will turn five on April 23. A sponsorship of Minnie would make a great gift for someone special this Mother’s Day or any special occasion. This limited-time offer is available through July 31, 2022.

  • An adorable plush-toy cheetah (made from recycled material)
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • A colorful fact sheet about cheetahs
  • 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

Upgrade your sponsorship to the $100 level to receive a photo of Minnie 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 April 29, 2022, to guarantee delivery for Mother’s Day.

Sponsor An Animal Goat Lto

Unfor-GOAT-able

The Nigerian dwarf is a miniature dairy goat that is smaller and less stocky than the pygmy goat. They are the most colorful breed of goat with many different colors and patterns. They are docile, gentle and playful, making very good companion pets. Nigerian dwarf goat, Saffron, was one of the triplets born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in spring of 2020. The zookeepers describe her as friendly and spunky.

A sponsorship of Saffron makes a great gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. This limited-time offer is available through Aug. 31, 2022, or while supplies last.

  • An adorable plush-toy goat
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • A colorful Nigerian dwarf goat fact sheet
  • A sticker of Saffron
  • An invitation to an event for animal sponsors at the Zoo
  • Sponsor recognition on an “All in the Family” donor board at the Zoo for a year
  • A Sponsor an Animal decal

Upgrade your sponsorship to the $100 level to receive a photo of Saffron 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.

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
Chapman’s Zebra, Kelly
Chinese Alligator, Yang
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
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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