There are many ways to support the Santa Barbara Zoo. You can make a general donation, sponsor an animal, or even buy enrichment items (toys) for the animals.

General Donations


Save Local Wildlife


Sponsor an Animal


Sponsor a Class


Sponsor a Camper




Feathers & Scales

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Sponsor an Event

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Donate Cuttings

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Planned Giving

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One Great Zoo

The beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID# 95-2268554). We depend on the support of the community, not tax dollars, for operations and improvements.

Charity Information

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization that relies on revenues generated from ticket sales, memberships, concessions, education programs, private events, and donations from generous individuals just like you to sustain our operating budget.  In addition, donations are needed to support outreach programs and capital improvements.

More information can be found on the Zoo’s Donor Bill of RightsDonor Privacy PolicyAnnual ReportsIRS 990s, and Audited Financial Statements.