Special Wildlife Projects

There are many ways you can donate to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. From contributions to specific funds, to participation in programs that offer special benefits for donors, there are many wild opportunities to show how much you care about conservation and education. Browse through the programs below to find the opportunity that is right for you. For more information about any of the programs below, please call 412-365-2541 or email donate@pittsburghzoo.org.

If you would like to make a general donation to the Zoo, please click the button below:


  • Annual Appeal
    • Wildlife Matters Campaign

      Saving threatened and endangered species and promoting wildlife conservation of over 800 species and more than 6,000 individual animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a major undertaking, but watching them grow, thrive, breed and ensuring their survival into the future is priceless. You are a partner in this effort. Your support makes a difference. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

      To make a donation in support of the Wildlife Matters appeal, please click the following button:

  • Adopt an Animal
    • ZooAdoptLogo_Green_150px Wishing You a Very Happy 2017!


      The Zoo has a lot of exciting projects taking place and animals arriving in the upcoming months. Adopting lets you play an important and direct role in promoting the well-being of your favorite Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium residents. Your gift helps provide for the care, feeding, and enrichment of the animals, while supporting the Zoo’s commitment to wildlife conservation, both locally and around the world.

      All animal species at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are available for adoption. Please click here to see a complete list of benefits associated with your contribution. The name of the adopter will be posted on the Adopt an Animal page on the Zoo's website (see below, listed on a month-to-month basis) and on the Adopt an Animal board located on Zoo grounds (next to the Safari Gift shop, updated each spring). All levels of adoption packages include a personalized adoption certificate, a magnet, monthly Z-mail updates, and an issue of our Zoo Insider newsletter.

      All adoptions are valid for a one-year period and may be renewed annually. All adopted animals may have multiple adoptive donors, and no ownership rights are conferred by adopting an animal. All adopted animals remain in the care and custody of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, but we hope you will visit often. Adopting an animal is also a great project for a classroom or school group...your school's mascot species may just be a Zoo resident!

      Two methods are available to complete the adoption process. Download, fill-out, and send-in the mail-in adoption application or donate online by clicking here. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your adoption package to arrive.

      For additional information or questions, please call 412-365-2503 or email adopt@pittsburghzoo.org.

      Thank you to our Decemberr 2016 Animal Adopters!

      Linway Preschool Dorian Brodycia Susan Merenstein Reed, Michael & Max Takacs Cassandra Gray
      Bryce Sherwood Jack Leyenaar Brooke Lester Monica Locke Erica Ducko

      Chistian & Ava Diulus

      The Rocco Family

      Isabel, Ellie & Hayden Swanson

      Eva Pontoriero

      Ellie & Adeline Arnwine

      Norah Mikolaj

      Cole & Sammie Ohern

      Beth Bachman

      The Bodnar Family

      Patti Stepinsky

      Jamie Andrews Zoe Rose Mila Rose Peggy Vandenbord ACV Toddlers 
       Michelle Smyers John Silvestri  Logan Fec   Margaret Stemler Richie Rostauscher 
      Stacy Hixon  Izabel Paglia  Felicia Conrad  August, Nicole & Jason Tomlinson  Jayla, Jaden, Rachel & Vertus Jones 
      Quinn, Elizabeth & Jeff Swartz   Shelby, Michelle & Fred Kress Kathy Gasper   Hunter & Everly Southwood  Grace Harlan
       Marianne Spampinato  Phoebe Dotts  Delaney Ann Dotts Kennedy Norton  Sarah Windisch 
       FCCDS Kindergarten  Lavender Woolstrum Thomas Guido  Tracey Wilson & Barry Hall  Abby Wolfgang 
      Elise Wolfgang  Todd, Lisa & Maxine Horst   Joel Andrews  Matthew Hennige Gayle Michener 
       Vivian Ryan Rohde  The Donajkowski Family  Zak Kerr James Rohbeck III  Eliza Yoon 
       Allison Bookwalter  Katelyn Bookwalter  Elias Ali Eviania Ali   Terri Reighard
       Nicolette Kloes Zackary Bartholf  Emily Svorcek   Madison Merryman Mary Ayat 
      FCCDS Junior PreK Mary Lou Zanich Kelly Ferrante Linway Preschool 4-Year-Olds Anita Donaldson
      Isaac Stover Andy Stover Therese Stover Kolbe Stover Teresa Magill
      Jayden James Myers Bethany Naugle Bobbi Jo Shifko Caitlyn Muntz Sydney Shifko
      Larry & Julie Yates Kendyl Shipos Houston-Starr Company Kaylee Cyprowski  
  • Honorary & Memorial Gifts
    • honoraryGiving in honor or in memory of a loved one is a lasting way to show you care. When you make an honorary or memorial donation, we will send the individual being recognized or their family an acknowledgement of your gift, as well as a thank-you letter to you to show our appreciation of your generosity.

      To make a donation in honor of an individual, please click the following button:


      To make a donation in memory of an individual, please click the following button:


  • International Conservation Center
    • Elephant at ICCLocated on over 700 acres of pristine woods, forested land, and secluded rolling hill country in rural Somerset, PA, the International Conservation Center (ICC) is North America’s premier facility for African elephant conservation, education, breeding, training, and research. Operated by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, this facility that provides the greatest hope for the future of the African elephant and other endangered species.

      Contributions to the ICC help provide care for the animals who live at the ICC and fund research.

      To donate to the ICC, please click the following button:


  • United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
    • Education ProgramsUnited Way:
      Please consider the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's Head Start education programs, number 223611, for your United Way Contribution. Your gift supports Zoo educational programs that provide low-income, at-risk children with unique hands-on science education. The children enjoy Zoo visits and animal encounters that teach life sciences, raise conservation awareness, and enhance school readiness.

      Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):
      Federal Employees can support the Zoo through the CFC. A small monthly pledge can make a major impact. For more information on the CFC or to make your pledge, please visit the CFC website 3riverscfc.org. To designate the Zoo as the recipient of your generous gift, enter the Charity Code 65350. 

  • Coral Conservation Fund
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      Coral only exists in about two percent of the world’s aquatic habitats, but it is home to over 25 percent of all aquatic life.
      Alarmingly, it is disappearing very quickly and some scientists predict that all coral could be gone in as soon as 50 years. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is actively involved in coral conservation efforts both at the Zoo and around the world. Every year, aquarists perform outreach projects. Some coral has been brought back to the Zoo to be studied, and the veterinary and aquarist teams have even found cures for certain ailments for coral. Please consider a donation to support the Zoo’s efforts to conserve this vitally important animal.

      To donate to the Zoo's coral conservation efforts, please click the following button:


  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Credit Card
    • Zoo Credit CardThe Somerset Trust Company is now offering a Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium credit card. A percentage of every purchase made with the card is donated back to the Zoo. To learn more, or to sign up for a card and make every purchase count, visit pittsburghzoocard.com.
  • Sea Turtle Second Chance Program
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      Every year, hundreds of sea turtles are beached due to injury, disease, illness or environmental threats.  

      Our Sea Turtle Second Chance Program is helping to change their stories by giving turtles a second chance through rescue, rehabilitation, veterinary care, special training, and release back into the wild whenever possible. Nestled in within the PPG Aquarium, the Zoo’s sea turtle rehabilitation area provides world-class care with a goal of release and renewed hope for survival for every turtle in our program. 

      To donate to the Zoo's Sea Turtle Second Change Program, please click the following button: