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You can make an automatic monthly donation at any of the levels listed below. Simply choose your level and select the amount from the drop down on the right hand side. You will be charged one payment today and then your monthly payments of the same amount will continue to be charged on the final day of every month.

If you are interested in making a one-time donation, please use the option at the bottom of this page.

All gifts to this campaign will benefit animal care, education, conservation and other Zoo needs. The below giving options highlight examples of the reach that your gift can have here at the Zoo.
Support Veterinary Procedures ($500/month)
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Your gift of $500 a month ($6,000 per year) supports of veterinary procedures.
Support Animal Habitat Upgrades ($250/month)
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Your gift of $250 a month ($3,000 per year) supports animal habitat upgrades.
Support New Animal Arrivals ($100/month)
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Your gift of $100 a month ($1,200 per year) supports costs associated with new animal arrivals.
Support Education and Conservation ($50/month)
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Your gift of $50 a month ($600 per year) supports education and conservation programs at the Zoo.
Support Animal Enrichment ($25/month)
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Your gift of $25 a month ($300 per year) supports animal enrichment activity
Support Drought-Resistant Plants ($10/month)
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Your gift of $10 a month ($120 per year) supports adding drought-resistant native plants to Zoo grounds.
One-Time Gift: Support the Animals (Any Amount)
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Make a one-time gift of any amount to support all the Zoo's animals.

When you become a Foster Feeder you are helping the Santa Barbara Zoo provide a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet for all of the animals! The Zoo's food bill is $220,000 a year and we have nearly 500 animals to feed. Various donation levels are available with different, wild benefits!

A Foster Feeder sponsorship is valid for one year from the month of donation. When the year is up, you will have the opportunity to renew your sponsorship to keep supporting your favorite animal! We truly appreciate everyone who is a Foster Feeder at any level!

To donate to our Foster Feeder program, simply add this option to your cart! On the next screen, you will be able to pick your favorite Santa Barbara Zoo animal and your sponsorship level.

All donors will recieve a personalized Foster Feeder certificate with fun animal facts and recognition in Zoo News and on our Foster Feeder Board at the Zoo. Other wild benefits are also available depending on your level of support.

If you would like to renew your Foster Feeder sponsorship, you can also use this option.
   Price: $50.00

Say hello to big kitty Ajax, the Zoo's new female Amur leopard! Your donation helps pay 100% of the animal food bill. While supplies last, you will receive a cuddly 12" leopardplush (courtesy of Wild Republic).

Benefits include:

  • Helping the Zoo provide a healthy, nutritionally-balanced diet for all of the animals
  • Recognition on the Foster Feeder Board at the Zoo and in Zoo News, plus a one year subscription to Zoo News
  • Personalized Foster Feeder certificate, including fun Amur leopard facts
To find out more, please stop by the Zoo administration building or contact Lauren at or (805) 679-8483.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a 501(C)(3) private, non-profit organization. The Zoo relies on the generous contributions of caring people, just like you, to support the mission.
Donate to Save Wildlife
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Yes, I would like to save California condors, local frogs, sea otters, and other endangered species by contributing to the Zoo Conservation Fund.

Be a conservation hero by supporting zoo conservation! The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to saving wildlife through education, fieldwork, and research. Support for this program will go to cover equipment and material needs and staffing in the field and on-site.

If you would like to donate to the Snowy Plover Project, please use this option and indicate it in the notes/honorarium section! Thank you!

Donate to Purchase Toys for the Animals
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Yes, I would like to enrich the lives of the Zoo animals with a donation to the Animal Enrichment Fund.

The health and welfare of the Zoo animals is the Zoo's top priority. In addition to the general care and feed of the animals, the Zoo keepers regularly develop new activities to keep the animals physically and mentally stimulated. The idea is to give the animals items (i.e. toys) that they will "play" with, encouraging the types of behaviors that they would naturally display in the wild.

You can also go directly to our Amazon Wish List and pick out your own items:

Make a General Donation
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Yes, I would like to make a general donation to the Santa Barbara Zoo!

Undesignated and general donations support the day-to-day operations of the Zoo from medical examinations for the animals to keeping the grounds green - it's all in a day's operation at the Zoo!

Donate to Send a Child to Camp
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Yes, I would like to send a child in need to learn about the wonderful world of animals and nature in a fun, safe, and educational environment by donating to the Zoo Camp Scholarship Fund!

The Zoo's award-winning Zoo Camp program has enriched the lives of children for generations. However, there are many children in the Santa Barbara area who are missing out on this incredible experience simply because their family cannot afford it. Give a gift that will have a lasting impression in a child's life - send a child to a week of extended-day Zoo Camp.

  • Send four children to camp for $1,180
  • Send three children to camp for $885
  • Send two children to camp for $590
  • Send one child to camp for $295
Donate to Sponsor a Class
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Yes, I would like to make a difference in the lives of students at-risk by sponsoring an educational Zoo day for a class.

ZOO4U sponsorships allow a class of elementary school students attending a Title 1 school (schools serving a higher number of children recognized as economically disadvantaged and/or otherwise at-risk) to visit the Zoo for a day. Your support will help cover the admission cost and provide educational and cultural enrichment for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to see, hear, and smell Zoo animals in person.

  • Send four classes to the Zoo for $1,008
  • Send two classes to the Zoo for $500
  • Send a class to the Zoo for $252
  • Send a student to the Zoo for $9

Check out these additional ways to support the Santa Barbara Zoo through an event sponsorship, by investing in a special project, or by making a planned gift.

Sponsor an Event  

From Boo at the Zoo to Zoofari Ball, events are always wild at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Event sponsorships are a wonderful way to support the Zoo and gain exposure for your business.

Please contact Elaine K. Mah Best, Director of Development at (805) 679-8450 or to learn more about the benefits of being a Zoo event sponsor.

Support Special Projects  

From modifying a barn to accommodating the needs of a newborn calf to purchasing a new vehicle to safely access endangered animals in remote areas, funds for special projects allow the Zoo to make repairs and replacements when needed most and you can help!

Please contact Elaine K. Mah Best the Director of Development at (805) 679-8450 or to learn more about the current priority projects at the Zoo.

Make a Planned Gift  

Leave your "paw print" on the Zoo!

Making a planned or estate gift is a wonderful way to leave a legacy and to ensure the Zoo is here for many generations to enjoy well into the future.

For help in making a planned or estate gift and to learn about the benefits of being a member of the Zoo's Phoenix Society, please contact Elaine K. Mah Best, Director of Development at (805) 679-8450 or