Give to the Zoo

Thursday, February 22

Zoo admission gates will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 22.

Give to the Zoo

We could not accomplish all that we do without the generosity and support from our donors, who show their commitment to conservation and education through their donations to our Zoo.

With your support, we can ensure that each one of our one million annual guests leaves our park with the feeling they have gained something they can only access from a visit to our Zoo – knowledge, inspiration and connection. In addition, your contributions will directly support our conservation efforts both here at home and around the world. 

Give to the Zoo or get involved. You can truly make a difference.

Make a Donation


Give a direct cash contribution towards ongoing operations and new projects and initiatives of the Zoo. You can make a donation online, or if you would prefer to make a donation by phone or by mail, see our contact information on the bottom of this page.


Honorary Donation

Make a donation in honor of a friend, family member, or someone important to you that shares your passion for wildlife and the wild places they live. The honoree will be notified of your generous gift contributed in their name.


Memorial Donation

Give a donation in memory of a friend, family member, or loved one. You and their family will receive an acklowdgement of the generous gift made on the loved one's behalf.


Grow Wild Society

A Donor Membership makes you a part of our exclusive Grow Wild Society, which includes:
  • A year long Zoo Membership
  • Private, behind-the-scenes tours guided by curators with special access not available to the general public
  • Special events at the Zoo with staff and animal keepers
  • Opportunities to invite your friends to join you at special events at the Zoo
  • Special, private events for you to enjoy with your family at the Zoo
  • Unique recognition for Grow Wild Society members
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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.

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Campaign Donations

Coral only exist in about two percent of the world’s aquatic habitats, but they are home to over 25 percent of all aquatic life. Alarmingly, they are disappearing very quickly and some scientists predict that all coral could disappear in as soon as 50 years. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is actively involved in coral conservation efforts both here at the Zoo and around the world. Every year our aquarists visit waters around the world and occasionally, bring coral back home to the Zoo to be studied. This work has helped our veterinary and aquarist team make huge strides in finding cures for certain ailments in corals.

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Every year, hundreds of sea turtles are beached or stranded in cold water due to injury, disease, illness, or environmental threats. Our Sea Turtle Second Chance Program is helping to change their stories by giving sea turtles a second chance through rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation, and release back into the wild as possible. Nestled within the PPG Aquarium, the Zoo’s sea turtle rehabilitation center provides world-class care with the goal of release and a renewed hope for survival for every turtle.

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Located 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.

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Other Ways of Giving

Please contact us about the many other ways of giving that are available, such as:
  • Recurring credit card contributions
  • Stock transfers
  • Matching gifts
  • Planned giving

Pittsburgh Zoo Credit Card

The Somerset Trust Company offers an exclusive Pittsburgh Zoo card that helps support the Zoo and the International Conservation Center (ICC). Each time you use your VISA Pittsburgh Zoo Credit Card, a portion of every purchase is donated back to the Zoo. Don't just make a purchase, make a difference by saving endangered species.