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“It’s wonderful to see the community continue to enjoy their zoo.  Our goal is to provide visitors of all ages with one amazing experience after another.”
- Ron L. KaganExecutive Director/CEO, Detroit Zoological Society

By giving to the Detroit Zoological Society, you can make a real difference in Celebrating and Saving Wildlife. From large transformative gifts with outcomes like the Arctic Ring of Life and Cotton Family Wetlands to general support that helps us provide memorable experiences and rich education programs, gifts of all kinds are important to the current and future success of the Detroit Zoological Society.


General Operating Support
Admission fees and membership dues cover only a portion of what it really takes to operate the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo on a day-to-day basis. Contributions of all sizes make a critical difference, providing support for the care and feeding of animals, a wide array of education and conservation programs, veterinary care, maintenance and upkeep of the Zoo’s exhibits, park safety and security, and everyday needs like lighting, heating and cooling. Learn more about how your gift makes a difference.

Renaissance Circle Membership
The Renaissance Circle is a special category of membership for donors who generously give $1,500 or more each year to support the Zoo’s general operating needs. From special celebrations to habitat and animal debuts, private tours and exclusive educational experiences, there is a lot to do and enjoy with an annual membership in the Renaissance Circle. Share these new adventures and create great memories with your family and friends. Become a Member of the Renaissance Circle at the Detroit Zoo!

Special Programs and Experiences
We offer a variety of unique ways to mark a special occasion or recognize a loved one at the Detroit Zoo.

Symbolically adopt an animal and give a gift that keeps on giving – to the individual you wish to honor and to the animals of the Detroit Zoo.

Tribute Gifts
Celebrate someone or something special in your life with a Tribute Gift and be a part of your Zoo for many years to come.

• Purchase a brass butterfly that will be engraved and displayed outside the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden at the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery
• Choose from three sizes of nature pavers engraved with a name or unique sentiment
• Make a tax-deductible donation in honor of someone special and we will let them know about your thoughtful gift

Zoo Experiences

Get up close and personal with our wildlife in their habitats! Invite your friends or family to enjoy one of these incredible Zoo Experiences. 

• Breakfast with the Butterflies
• Breakfast with the Giraffes
• Mingle with the Macaronis

Endowment and Planned Giving
A strong endowment provides financial security to non-profit organizations like the Detroit Zoological Society. When you contribute to an endowment fund, your gift is held in perpetuity while investment earnings help to maintain the beauty of your Zoo, care for the animals, or support conservation or education programs. For larger gifts, endowment funds and the programs they support can be named, providing a great way to leave your legacy or honor a loved one.

Many donors choose to make a lasting impact by including the Detroit Zoological Society in their will or through other charitable giving plans. “Planned Giving” brings together your charitable, family and financial goals and allows you to make a very meaningful gift. Some planned gifts can provide immediate tax advantages and income for the rest of your life, while others will be completed after your lifetime.  Individuals who make us aware of their planned gift will be recognized as members of the Wildlife Legacy Circle, and may qualify for special benefits as well.

Corporate Investment

Today’s successful companies want to have a positive impact on the customers who support them and the communities in which they do business. By aligning your corporate goals with the mission of the Detroit Zoological Society, you can significantly increase the impact of your company’s marketing messages. With more than 1.2 million visitors each year and more than 200,000 followers on social media, the Detroit Zoo is one of our community’s most beloved institutions. Companies that partner with the Zoo not only demonstrate social responsibility, they also grow their businesses by reaching our large and diverse audience.

Learn more about becoming a corporate partner by contacting Roger Hurst at [email protected] or (248) 336-5721.

To explore other ways to support the Zoo as we protect and conserve some of the most remarkable creatures on earth while making lasting impressions and memorable experiences for yourself and other visitors, select one of the menu options to the left.