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Support the Zoo

Maintaining the Henry Vilas Zoo

Thank you for supporting Henry Vilas Zoo! Your donations and assistance help keep our zoo a beloved community asset that will continue to awe and inspire people of all ages for generations to come.

Henry Vilas Zoo is part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) which ensures the best animal welfare standards in the world. As part of only 240 AZA-accredited facilities, Henry Vilas Zoo is one of only a few admission-free zoos in the country! See below for the many different ways you can contribute and be a part of the zoo and its mission.

How Can You Help?


Interested in making a financial donation?

  • Donate online HERE
  • Drop your contribution in a donation tube at the zoo.
  • Call (608) 266-4732 Monday through Friday and press 0 to speak with a representative

Become a Member today!

Show your love and support for the Henry Vilas Zoo, its animals, and its conservation initiatives by becoming a member! 50% of all membership money goes directly to support wildlife conservation. Member benefits include discounts in the gift shop and Glacier Grille. Find out more information by clicking here!


Commemorative gifts are a touching tribute and a wonderful way to honor a person’s connection to wildlife and wild places. To make a donation in honor of a loved one, please donate here.

Planned Giving

Build your giving into your future with:

  • Bequests
  • 401K, IRA and Life Insurance Policy designation

For questions about planned giving, please call (608) 266-4732 or email

Contact us

Contact us here for more information on ways to support the zoo!