Other Giving Opportunities

Other Giving Opportunities

Become a Wild Partner

Join Oakland Zoo’s Wild Partner Monthly Giving Program, and support the Zoo on an ongoing basis by designating a set donation to be deducted from your credit/debit card each month. This program is the “greenest” way to donate, by eliminating checks and reducing administrative costs - so your donation goes even further in supporting our animals. Even a small amount every month can add up in a big way for the Zoo!

  • It’s convenient, efficient and 100% tax deductible
  • Give what you can, at a pace that won’t break the bank
  • Receive a summary of your monthly donations each calendar year

You can give at whatever level you like, but here’s a tip; for as little as $83.33 per month you will be enrolled in the Friends of the Wild program, our highest level of membership. To learn more about the exclusive benefits that come with this program click here.

Remember, your contribution of any size will make an important difference. Become a Wild Partner today and help us sustain our mission of conservation and education.

Contact Matt Rasmussen, Development Services, at 510-632-9525 ext. 154 or mrasmussen@oaklandzoo.org to sign up or learn more.

Name a Bench or Train Plaque

How can naming a Bench or Train Plaque benefit you and the animals? Use this unique giving opportunity to:

  • Celebrate a loved one or special occasion
  • Promote your business at a great value
  • Show your own affection for the Zoo

You can do all of this and help feed the animals at the same time!!!

We have two exceptional options for you. Give your special donation today, and we will place either a new Bench Plaque on one of our available benches across the Zoo or an Outback Express Adventure Train Plaque on the front/back seat of the train. These plaques offer unique and lasting recognition.

Your gift is tax-deductible and will benefit the Zoo by providing financial support that ensures the health and well-being of all the animals at the Zoo and provides for education and outreach, conservation, and animal welfare programs.

Contact Matt Rasmussen, Development Services, at 510-632-9525 ext. 154 or mrasmussen@oaklandzoo.org for details and pricing.

Matching Gifts

Employer matching gifts can double or even triple your impact.

If you are giving to Oakland Zoo, please take a moment to review this list of several companies that may match your donation. Some companies will even match gifts made by retirees and spouses of employees. This list was created for your reference, and does not guarantee that a matching gift will be approved. Please be sure to check with your employer to see if they will match your gift, as this list is not all-inclusive.

Adopt an Animal

Did you know your gift to the Zoo can also be a gift to a loved one? Animal adoption makes a unique present for family, friends, or the young at heart. Adoptions are wonderful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, or any number of special occasions.

Browse our selection of animals to adopt and the specialized items that come with each purchase level by clicking here.

You can also contact Matt Rasmussen, Development Services, at 510-632-9525 ext. 154 or mrasmussen@oaklandzoo.org to make your purchase or learn more.

Choose the Zoo when you shop online at Amazon

If you shop at Amazon, please support the Oakland Zoo by selecting “East Bay Zoological Society” as your charity. There is no additional cost to you!

  • AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Oakland Zoo whenever you shop on AmazonSmile
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon - same products, same prices, same service. Support your Zoo by starting your shopping on AmazonSmile

After logging in to smile.amazon.com with your Amazon user name and password, the next screen will let you choose your charity. Type in “East Bay Zoological Society” in the search box and select it.


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