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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 235 AZA-accredited facilities, Henry Vilas Zoo is one of only 10 no charge 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


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

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!

Contact us

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