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Over 70 ½?

Donors age 70 ½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free of federal income tax, and the gift qualifies for the donor's 2014 required minimum distribution. Learn more.

The Philadelphia Zoo is a leader in animal care, exhibition and breeding and participates in conservation programs around the world to safeguard wild animal populations and their habitats. The Zoo is on a mission, and we need your support to continue day-to-day and year-to-year to advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of the natural world.

In addition to feeding 1,300 rare and exotic animals, the Zoo's budget supports a dedicated team of keepers, support staff and full-time veterinary care, and pays for exhibit and garden maintenance and much of the Zoo's educational programming.

By making a donation, you are recognized as an honored supporter of the Zoo. You distinguish yourself as a concerned citizen for the welfare of the natural world, and you ensure that your Zoo will continue to grow and serve our community for the benefit of generations to come.

We truly hope you will consider making a generous contribution to the Philadelphia Zoo. By doing so, you touch many lives and take an active role in the Zoo's wildlife conservation efforts today and in the future.

Donate to the Annual Fund

By giving to Philadelphia Zoo's Annual Fund, your donation will go where it is most needed. Donate now!

Here are just some ways your gift will make a difference:
  • $25 admits two students who otherwise couldn’t afford to pay for a class trip to the Zoo
  • $50 buys fish for our birds and lettuce for our reptiles for a week
  • $75 buys honey for our bears for six months
  • $100 buys 100 lbs. of apples for our animals in the African Plains
  • $250 feeds one big cat for 3 weeks

Other Ways to Donate