Give to the Zoo
While the Zoo has reopened to the public, we are still working to recover the significant financial loss we faced while the Zoo was closed from March 16 through June 4. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on visitor admission to sustain our mission.
Please consider giving to our Emergency Operating Fund to support the Zoo and its 7,000 animal residents at this time.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) organization and is proud to be a four star charity on Charity Navigator.
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.
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.
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
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.
Zoo Fund Donors
Individual giving to the Zoo Fund is vital to our successful operation. The Zoo Fund allows us to provide world-class care for our animals, support our educational programs, and underwrite our onsite and international conservation efforts. We offer our heartfelt gratitude to our Zoo Fund donors.
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
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an APPROVED Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Your EITC donation to the Zoo’s educational programs can replace your tax liability to the state. The dollars your company would have paid in taxes will instead provide thousands of local students with life science enrichment, S.T.E.M. education opportunities, and up-close interaction with the Zoo’s amazing wildlife. Visit the state’s EITC website for more information or to apply for tax credits.
Mail your tax credit donation to:
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
ATTN: EITC Tax Credit Donations
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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.