As we look ahead to 2019 – and our 125th anniversary – we reflect on the impact we have had on generations of families, on the local economy, and most importantly, on the lives of the thousands of animals that have called our Zoo their home over the past 124 years. While it’s important to acknowledge the past, we are moving forward, setting new goals and moving away from the traditional zoo model to focus on education, conservation and rehabilitation. None of it is possible without the generous support of donors. Gifts to The Zoo enable our staff to be here, 365 days a year, caring for more than 150 native and exotic animals. Here is a sample of how we put your gifts to work.

 

$2,500 Donation

$2,500.00

Because The Zoo in Forest Park is home to 150 animals year round, it requires a working staff 365 days a year. The Zoo employs highly qualified and dedicated staff to manage the day-to-day operations including the highest quality animal care. Your $2,500 ensures that our staff can continue our work in wildlife education, conservation, and rehabilitation for one week. 

$2,000 Donation

$2,000.00

Ahhh, winter heating bills. The Zoo's cost to heat the animals who need it during the colder months is $4,000! Your $2,000 donation will provide heat for the animals for 1/2 the season. 

$1,500 Donation

$1,500.00

Did you know that The Zoo uses 300 bales of hay each month? Hay is used to feed grazer animals like horses, goats, and sheep. Your $1,500 donation ensures enough hay to last one month at The Zoo. 

$1,000 Donation

$1,000.00

Did you know that nearly 85% of the animals that inhabit The Zoo in Forest park are either elderly or arrived at The Zoo with a defect? Our staff ensures that ALL 150 animals at The Zoo receive the best veterinary care possible. Your $1,000 donation covers one month of this type of care. 

$500 Donation

$500.00

Did you know that the animals that inhabit The Zoo in Forest Park produce enough waste, or manure, to fill a 30 yard dumpster every three weeks? A $500 donation ensures that one load of this waste is removed from The Zoo. 

$250 Donation

$250.00

Groundskeeping supplies have short useful lives at The Zoo due to the extensive work it takes to keep the 4-acre zoo tidy, clean, and operational 365 days a year. A $250 donation can provide for 8 rakes, 5 shovels, and 1 wheelbarrow. 

$150 Donation

$150.00

Your $150 donation ensures the animals who inhabit The Zoo receive proper bedding in fresh shavings for a month. 

$100 Donation

$100.00

Did you know that nearly 85% of the animals at The Zoo in Forest Park are elderly and/or live with a defect and therefore are non-releasable to the wild? A $100 donation ensures proper prescriptions and medications for the animals for one month. 

$75 Donation

$75.00

Hay is used to feed a variety of the animals at The Zoo, but mostly for grazers like horses, goats, and sheep. A $75 donation allows us to store bales of hay for one month. 

$50 Donation

$50.00

Animal enrichment is a routine and integral part of our overall animal care program. We enrich the lives of our animal inhabitants by creating sensory simulation in play and in stalk-and-chase activities. A $50 donation allows us to provide enough toys and activities for a week. 

$25 Donation

$25.00

A $25 donation allows us to give tasty treats to the animals at The Zoo when they're on their best behavior. Okay, even if they're NOT on their best behavior. How can we resist?

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Adoptive Parent Info:

Adoptive Parent Name: Lois
Animal: African Pygmy Hedgehog

Adoptive Parent Name: Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Judy Kniskern
Animal: Reeve’s Muntjac Deer

Adoptive Parent Name: Mr. & Mrs. Danny & Claire Taylor
Animal: Oz (Spotted Leopard)

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