The Friends of the Zoo supports the vital work of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and offers many ways that you can help!

Conservation, Education, Saving Species

Your generous donation helps us support the missions of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. As an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution, the zoo is entrusted with the care of some of the most vulnerable species on earth and with the duty and honor to protect and care for them, educate visitors about them and help save them from extinction.

The Friends of the Zoo is currently celebrating our 50th anniversary year with our $50K for 50 Years campaign to raise $50,000 for the zoo by the end of 2020. Donations of any size are welcome! Make your “50 for 50” donation HERE.

Become a premiere member and combine all the perks of a Rosamond Gifford Zoo membership – plus additional exclusive benefits — with essential support for the zoo and its programs. For details, call (315) 435-8511 x8518.

Join the Elephant Society and be among an integral group of donors who have joined our Planned Giving program. Your planned gift will create a secure future for the zoo for many years to come through a bequest in your will, a gift of stock or other tax-free means of leaving a legacy through your estate.

You can remember a loved one or pay tribute to someone special through a tax-free contribution to Friends of the Zoo. Options include dedicating a leaf on our Tree of Life horticulture fund, supporting a zoo exhibit, tribute garden or bench.


Whether in-person or virtual, events at the zoo are memorable and unique. Best of all, your meeting, social or team-building event benefits the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo!

Corporate sponsors may choose to fund a zoo exhibit for a period of years, extend support for an exhibit feature or even name an exhibit.

Sponsor an Education Program

Whether on-site, mobile or virtual, zoo education programs reach thousands of children and adults each year with lessons on wildlife, nature and conservation. Sponsor a class, program or education activity that speaks to your company.

Become a Zoo Partner

Our corporate partners have long-term relationships with the Friends of the Zoo that are tailored to highlight the interests of both parties. Let’s discuss how we can work to benefit our community together!

You can help support the zoo, while receiving benefits for employees, invitations to special events and exhibit openings, zoo passes and more. Please contact our development department at (315) 435-8511 x8526 to learn more about becoming a Corporate Member of the zoo.

From company picnics, holiday parties to conferences and workshops our events experts will assist you every step of the way. LEARN MORE

Employee Recognition

Give a one-of-a-kind gift from the zoo to thank your employees in a special way. (Adopt-an-animal; family memberships; tickets to events; unique gifts from our zoo shop)

Join our Board

We are looking for skilled people to join our board committees - an excellent opportunity to develop employee leadership and corporate visibility.

Groups of any size love volunteering at the zoo - sign up to paint fences, work in the gardens, serve food at events and more. LEARN MORE



Make a Memorial Contribution

Unite your scout troop, sports club, veterans’ group or civic group around a shared cause on behalf of the zoo.

for a departed member.

Contribute as

a Group 

to make a bigger impact.



Interested in helping now?

Donate to our

$50K for 50 Years Campaign

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is planning to increase its flamingo flock in hopes of hatching flamingo chicks in the future -- and you can help!

We must raise $9,000 by October 31 to seal the deal!

If you prefer to make a monetary donation,

please click below.

Remember, no gift is too small!

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commemorative T-shirt today! 


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