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Join us in creating a bright future for wildlife.


As a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization, the Buffalo Zoo is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wild spaces. Make a donation today and you’ll support our efforts to save endangered species through special breeding programs and conservation initiatives.

Capital Support


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our government partners, local foundations, and area businesses, the Buffalo Zoo has been making an incredible transition. Improved naturalistic exhibits for our animals and convenient, comfortable visitor amenities are now a standard part of the Buffalo Zoo experience. Our completed projects include:

What's Next

The Buffalo Zoo’s current project is a comprehensive renovation of its historic Reptile House. Originally designed by renowned zoologist Marlin Perkins, it was considered the finest Reptile House in the country when it opened on June 21, 1942.

All of the animal enclosures will be replaced with new state-of-the-art exhibits. Joining the amphibian and reptile collection will be Komodo dragons, the largest lizard in the world. The Zoo’s ongoing work breeding endangered amphibians and reptiles will also be showcased.

Adopt An Animal


The Buffalo Zoo invites you to become part of our family through the Adopt an Animal program. Your donation will support the exceptional care and individualized nutrition that every animal receives. Our keepers dedicate their lives to the health and well-being of every resident animal.

Select your favorite animal from our adoption list, or gift an adoption to a family member or friend. While your animal will stay at the Zoo under the expert care of our keepers, we’ll send out a package with interesting information about your special animal.

African lion
Amur tiger
Arctic fox
Bald eagle
Black howler monkey
California sea lion
Canada lynx
Giant South American river turtle
Greater one-horned rhino
Green-winged macaw
Japanese macaque
Komodo dragon
North American river otter
Panamanian golden frog
Polar bear
Red panda
Reticulated python
Ring-tailed lemur
Snow leopard
Western lowland gorilla

Cost What You Recieve Select Animal Type
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Adoption Decal
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Listing on Parents Board
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Adoption Decal
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Listing on Parents Board
  • 5”x7” color photo
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Adoption Decal
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Listing on Parents Board
  • 8”x10” color photo
  • Tote Bag
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Adoption Decal
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Listing on Parents Board
  • 8”x10” color photo
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Invitation to Donor Appreciation Night
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Adoption Decal
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Listing on Parents Board
  • 8”x10” color photo
  • Annual Report Recognition
  • Invitation to Donor Appreciation Nights
  • Tour for six

Questions? Please call (716)995-6131. No ownership rights are conferred by this adoption. Your animal will stay at the zoo under the expert care of our keepers.

Annual Fund

Support the Buffalo Zoo's annual fund to reinforce operations

The Annual Fund at the Buffalo Zoo supports the daily operation of the 23 acre facility. These unrestricted gifts are used at the discretion of the administration to assist in virtually all departments and programs at the Zoo. Members and visitors, friends and neighbors, foundations and corporations make annual donations to assist the Zoo in carrying out its mission.

All gifts are fully tax deductible. Your support is very much appreciated.

Wish List Donations


Animal Crackers
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Sauce
Baby Food (fruits & vegetables)
Black-Eyed Peas
Broth (chicken or vegetable)
Cat Food (canned only)
Cat Treats
Cereal (whole grain, low sugar)
Coconuts (split)
Cranberry Sauce (any variety)
Dog Food (canned only)
Dried Fruit
Duct Tape
Edible Flowers
Extracts & Spices
Fruit Juice (any flavor)
Gatorade (any flavor)
Hydrogen Peroxide
Jams & Jellies
Jell-O (sugar free)
Kitty Litter Pans

Kong Toys
Kool-Aid Sugar-Free Packets
Litter Scoops
Maple Syrup
Mineral Oil
Paper Bags (large & small)
Pasta (whole wheat)
Peanut Butter
Plastic Storage Containers
(any size)
Plastic Toys – (for rabbits,
cats or birds)
Popcorn – (plain not microwave)
Pumpkin (canned)
Pumpkin Seeds (unsalted)
Rawhide Chews/Bones (any size)
Trail Mix (no chocolate)
Unsalted Nuts (in the shell)
Unsalted Seeds
Whisker Lickin’s (soft)
Ziploc Containers (any size)

The Bear Necessities Campaign Capital Campaign Donors

We would like to acknowledge our major campaign donors. Thank you for supporting The Buffalo Zoo.

$1,000,000 +

The Benderson Family
City of Buffalo
Erie County
The Garman Family
New York State
John R. Oishei Foundation

$100,000 TO $999,999

Clement & Karen Arrison Family Charitable Foundation
The Baird Foundation
The Edward H. Butler Foundation
LP Ciminelli Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Mark J. Czarnecki
Delaware North
Mrs. Dorothy T. Ferguson
First Niagara Bank Foundation
Peter B. & Genevieve R. Flickinger Foundation
The Fors Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Fox
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon R. Gross

The Hamister Group
Independent Health
Keller Technology Corporation
The M & T Charitable Foundation
Norman E. Mack II Fund
Mary Louise Olmsted Fund
Mr. Russell J. Salvatore
The Vogt Family Foundation
Margaret L. Wendt Foundation

$25,000 to $99,999 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Andrews
Mr. Bradley J. Arthur & Ms. Lisabeth Robidoux
The Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Bertsch
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY
Mr. & Mrs. Todd W. Brason
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Brost
Buffalo News
Marjorie & Jack Buyers Foundation
Ms. Grace Caines
The Robert & Patricia Colby Foundation
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Ellicott Development Company
Mr. & Mrs. Kent Frey
Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc.
Mark & Amy Habib-Rittling

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Harder
Hodgson Russ LLP
Ms. Nancy Johnston
Seymour H. Knox Foundation
Estate of Gretchen Leventhal
Little-Kittinger Foundation, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Urmas Lupkin
Mr. James L. Magavern
Mrs. Robert B. Meech
Mr. & Mrs. Donald F. Newman
Phillips Lytle LLP
Mrs. Phyllis W. Pierce
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Sanderson
Ms. Penny Starke
Estate of Janine Torba
Uniland Development
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne D. Wisbaum
The Women’s Board of the Buffalo Zoo

$10,000 to $24,999 

Mr. David K. Anderson
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon H. Angevine
Mr. Brent Baird
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas H. Baker
Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation
Richard F. Campbell & Joan Forster
Peter C. Cornell Trust
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Davis
Ms. Virginia Deuel
Docent Organization of the Buffalo Zoo
Dr. & Mrs. Peter B. Dow
Mr. & Mrs. James M. Downing
EduKids Early Childhood Learning Centers
Dr. Donna M. Fernandes & Mr. Robert Savage
Joseph & Anna Gartner Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Rick Gold
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Greene
Grigg-Lewis Foundation, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Russell Gulino

Tim Hortons, USA, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Jacobs
Mrs. Esther Jaje
Drs. Susan Graham & Jon Kucera
Main Place Liberty Group
Mr. & Mrs. Gerhard Neumaier
Rev. Russell A. Newbert
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Parrish
Mr. Hal D. Payne
Mr. & Mrs. Brad F. Randaccio
Roy & Ruth Seibel Family Foundation
George C. & Elizabeth G. Smith Foundation, Inc.
Mr. & Mrs. James W. Smyton
Sister Carleen Stengel
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen T. Swift
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Trolli
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Yalowich

$1,000 to $9,999

AAA Western & Central New York
Dr. & Mrs. Louis Antonucci
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Aquilina
Arcara, Zucarelli, Lenda & Straka CPAs, P.C.
Ms. Elizabeth Ashman
Mr. David Bandish
In Memory of Maxine Basile
Mr. James Battaglia
Charles D. & Mary A. Bauer Foundation
Ms. Denise C. Bauer
Dennis J. & Alouise Bauer
Ms. Patricia Bauer
Mr. & Mrs. Doug C. Bean
Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Beich
Ben Garelick Jewelers
Jason Benedict & Nicole Bonadonna
Mr. & Mrs. Todd Best
Mr. & Mrs. James Biddle
Big Tree Elementary
Bilbo Company
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Blackman
Mr. Mark Bluver & Ms. Laurie MacLeod
BNI WNY Golf Tournament
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Boehm
Mr. Robert Jan Bojdak & Ms. Sarah Williams
Bonadio & Co.
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Boswell
Mrs. Myra E. Boyer
Brian P. Brady & Beverly Hughes
Rev. & Mrs. Peter Bridgford
Ms. Patricia Brown
Ms. Audrey Buechl
Ms. Grace Buechle
Dr. & Mrs. John L. Butsch
Ms. Lise Buyer
Mr. & Mrs. Howard Cadmus
Capital Quest
Mr.& Mrs. H. Thomas Chestnut
Paula Ciprich & Greg Midal
Mr. & Mrs. William M. E. Clarkson

Mr. & Mrs. David Colligan
Ms. Jane Lewis Corwin
Mrs. Annette Cravens
Paulette Crooke & Michael Toner
Mrs. Nancy Cunningham
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan A. Dandes
Estate of Donald J. Danler
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Decker
Deloitte and Touche
Depew Union Free School District
Mr. & Mrs. George DeTitta
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Diakun
Ms. Judith Domnick
Mr. & Mrs. Vic Doyno
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Drake
Ms. Diana Elghanayan
Estate of Margaret J. Engelhardt
Mr. & Mrs. Matt Enstice
Ecology & Environment, Inc.
Evans Grange #1332
Evans Bank Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation for a Greater Buffalo
Dr. Gail Ferguson
Lynne Marie Finn
Mr. & Mrs. B. Scott Fisher
Dr. & Mrs. James Fitzgerald
Foit-Albert Associates
Forestville Elementary School
Frederick Law Olmsted School
Freed Maxick & Battaglia
Mr. Shawn Frier
Mr. & Mrs. William Gacioch
Mr. & Mrs. David Gerken
Dr. & Mrs. John Gillespie
Kathleen K. Gleason & Wayne Wight
Global Concepts Charter School

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Glovack
Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Gondree
In Loving Memory of Katherine J. Goodwin
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Gothgen
Gowanda Elementary PTA
Mrs. Amy Habib
Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Hallis
Mr. & Mrs. Drew Hanes
Amanda Hansen Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. David Harbeck
Hard Rock Cafe-Niagara Falls
Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo
Ms. Vicki Hodge
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hokanson
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Homuth
Ms. Audrey Horbett
Mr. & Mrs. James Hornung, Jr.
Ms. Judy J. Hotchkin
Ms. Lynn Hougle
HSBC Philanthropic Programs
Mr. William N Hudson, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hunt
Mr. & Mrs. John Hurley
Estate of Violet K. Ihlenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Clement Ip
Ms. Carol Johnston
Ms. Katie Jordan
Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kahn
Ms. Susan B. Kay
Mr. David Kennedy Jr.
Kid’s Korner
Mr. Mark Knight
Mr. Daniel J. Kosman
Ms. Nancy Krol
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Krum
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Kuettel
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Kushman
Mr. & Mrs. Ted Kuzniarek
Denise Moll Lanz & James Lanz
Mrs. Marion Lenz
Mr. & Mrs. Rick Lenz

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Leous
Michael Lewis & Melinda Scime
Mrs. Ceil Linder
The Lindfield Foundation
Ms. Donna Lough
Mr. & Mrs. Nick LoVerde
M/E Engineering PC
Ms. Nancy Macklin
Mader Construction Co. Inc.
Mr. James A. Maguire, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Maloney
Mr. Thomas Mang
Estate of Dr. Horace Mann
Ms. Robyn Marantette
Lynn Marinelli
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Martineck
Maryvale High School
Dr. & Mrs. A. R. Masud
Mr.& Mrs. Charles Maxwell
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis McCarthy
Mr. & Mrs. Robert McCauley
S.J. McCullagh, Inc.
McGard, Inc.
Jerry McGuire & Fay Northrop
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Mead
Dr. & Mrs. Frank Mendel
Barbara Menth
Mentholatum Co.
In Honor of the Grandchildren of Rob & JoAnn Mikulec
Mill Middle School
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Miller
Dr. & Mrs. Carl M. Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Travis Minor
Mr. Stephen Mitchell
Dr. & Mrs. Brian Monaco
Montgomery Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Morreale

Monica L. Mulcahy Living Trust
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Munschauer
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Nickson
Mr. & Mrs. A.D. Oak
Mr. & Mrs. John E. Oehler
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ogilvie
Mr. Daniel C. Oliverio
Elizabeth Otto & Tobias Westermann
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Palumbo
Dr. & Mrs. Thaddeus Pantera
Ms. S. Virginia Parsons
Perry’s Ice Cream
Ms. Shirley A. Philipps
Phillips 66
Mr. & Mrs. George F. Phillips, Jr.
The Pierce Family Foundation
Ms. Gretchen Porcher
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Pristach
Mr. & Mrs. William Pusateri
Mr. & Mrs. Lauren Rachlin
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Regan
Mr. & Mrs. Edward B. Righter
Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Rimmler
Ms. Alicyn Ringler
Christopher Ritter & Vivian Lindfield
Samantha Ritter & Matthew Ritter
Alice Rohauer
Mrs. MK Gaedeke Roland
Mr. & Mrs. Joel Rose
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred E Runkel III
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
Mr. Willard B. Saperston
Ms. Adair M. Saviola
Dr. & Mrs. Norm Schaaf
Dr. Ann Schapiro
Mr. & Mrs. John Schlegel
Ms. Barbara Scholey
Ms. Betty Schultz
Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Shapiro
David Shaver & Francis Felser
Mr. Patrick Shine
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Shrewsbury
Mr. & Mrs. Peter B. Sikes
Law Office of Richard C. Slisz

Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Spaeth
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Star
Starpoint Central School
Mr. John J. Staschak
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Stauffiger
Mr. Eric Stenclik
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Steward
Sunnking, Inc.
Dr. & Mrs. Marc Tetro
Mr. Timothy T. Tevens
Theodore Roosevelt School
Ms. Elizabeth Thompson
Tower Group Companies
The Turtle Run In Memory of Dave Rohauer
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Tzetzo
Mr. Patrick J. Ucci
Mr. James F. van Oss & Ms. Rosanne Frandina
Ralph & Sally Vastola- In Honor of Their Grandchildren Max & Celia Damiani
Mrs. B. Vaz
Mr. & Mrs. Alan Vogt
Ms. Karen E. Vogt
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Weiss
Wende Guild
Ms. Carol Yetto
Mr. & Mrs. John Yurtchuk
Dr. Lixin Zhang & Xiuli Li
Ms. Helen Zimmermann
Mr.& Mrs. Richard W. Ziolkowski
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Zucarelli
Zumbathon® For The Zoo

Leadership Giving

Join our Conservation Circle

The Buffalo Zoo’s Conservation Circle is a giving society for an exceptional group of friends who donate $1,000 or more in a year. Members are integral to the Zoo’s ability to promote wildlife conservation through programs for endangered species, up-close encounters, and educational opportunities. Through their generosity, they can experience the Buffalo Zoo in unique and memorable ways.

Conservation Circle benefits:

  • A supporting membership
  • The opportunity to take a private tour to see what happens behind-the-scenes
  • An invitation to our annual donor recognition event
  • Invitations to new exhibit openings
  • Recognition in the Zoo’s annual report
  • Discounts to Zoo events

Become a member of the Buffalo Zoo’s Conservation Circle and be an active partner in protecting wildlife!

To set up a pledge payment schedule, please contact Kara Lee, Director of Development, at or at 716-995-6158.

If you would prefer to make your $1,000+ gift outright, feel free to use our online donation form.

Planned Giving

Make a Lasting Impact on Wildlife

As the need to protect threatened species grows more critical every day, the Buffalo Zoo’s mission to conserve wildlife has never been more important. Leave a legacy that connects people with wildlife, and educates our community on how to safeguard animals around the world.

Planned giving options:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Retirement assets such as an IRA or 401k
  • Stocks
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Life insurance policies
  • Real estate and other personal property

Sample language for bequests:

“I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the Zoological Society of Buffalo [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

To ensure that we receive your gift or bequest, please use our legal name and address in all planned gift paperwork:
Zoological Society of Buffalo
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214
Tax ID: 16-1407299

Planned giving correspondence can be directed to:
Kara Lee
Director of Development
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214