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Foster Feeder Program

What is a Foster Feeder? 

Foster Feeders are very special people who take their favorite Zoo animals “under their wing” and sponsor them for a year. More than 400 animals from around the world call the Santa Barbara Zoo home. With that many mouths to feed, the Zoo’s annual food bill is more than $160,000.   You can maintain your Foster Feeder Sponsorship as long as you like by giving annual dues. Contributions to the Foster Feeder Program are used to offset the Zoo’s animal food costs.


How Can I Support the Foster Feeder Program?

If you are an animal lover, the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Foster Feeder program is a great opportunity for you to sponsor any animal at the Zoo at the level of support you choose. See below to learn about the different Foster Feeder levels, and then sign up online or by phone.

ONLINE: Begin or renew an animal sponsorship.

PHONE: Please call Christine Brand at (805) 962-5339, ext. 110, to begin or renew animal sponsorship. 

Foster Feeder: $50

Benefits include: color photo, Foster Feeder Certificate, animal fact sheet, recognition on Foster Feeder board for one year and in Zoo News, and a subscription to Zoo News.

Select Foster Feeder: $100

Includes Foster Feeder benefits plus: an adorable plush animal.

Premium Foster Feeder: $250

Includes Select Foster Feeder benefits plus: annual written updates from your sponsored animal’s keeper and invitations to private animal debut events.

V.I.P. Foster Feeder: $500

Includes Premium Foster Feeder benefits plus: a V.I.P. encounter* with your sponsored animal and recognition in the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Annual Report.

* The safety requirements of the animal and the guest will dictate the level of interaction during the encounter.

Elite Foster Feeder: $1,000

Includes V.I.P. Foster Feeder benefits plus: a full V.I.P Tour of the Santa Barbara Zoo with four animal encounters.

Premier Foster Feeder: $5,000

Includes Elite Foster Feeder benefits plus: recognition at the animal’s exhibit, a framed 8" x 10" photo, certificate, and naming rights (with an additional $5,000 donation) when available. Please contact Christine Brand by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone: (805) 962-5339, ext. 110 if you are interested in this one-of-kind giving opportunity.




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