Give Back to the Animals You Love


  • By Leah Lerner

    Cuddly animals are a universal language. But zoos are for more than cooing over fuzzy-wuzzies. They rescue injured animals, educate the public and help preserve endangered species.

    How Can You Help?

    Donate to your favorite species or zoo. Volunteer to be a docent. "Adopt" an animal, name it, or even donate your car for a tax deduction. Every little bit can add up to massive movements that could literally save a species from extinction. Some of the biggest zoo fundraisers and cool programs:

    Adopt an Animal at AoP »
    Help a sea critter in need by "adopting" one at Aquarium of the Pacific. As little as $10 can make a big difference to a wise sea turtle or a cuddly seal pup.

    San Diego Zoo Wish List »
    Purchase much-needed items from $5-5,000. 95% goes directly to the item.

    Shedd Aquarium Matching Program »
    Maximize your impact with a double or triple donation match.

    Zoo Atlanta Bamboo Donation »
    Help the zoo feed their giant pandas' 220-pound-a-day habit.

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