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.

Donate to the Zoo

Sponsor an Animal

Foster Feeders help the Santa Barbara Zoo provide a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet for all of the animals. The Zoo’s food bill is $300,000 a year and there are more than 600 animals to feed. Various animal sponsorship levels are available with different, wild benefits!

Sponsor an Animal

Event Sponsorships

From the Snow Leopard Festival to Zoofari Ball – events are always wild at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Event sponsorships are a wonderful way to support the Zoo and gain exposure for your business.

Please contact the Institutional Advancement department by email or phone (805) 962-5339 to learn more about the benefits of being a Zoo event sponsor.

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Enrichment gives animals the opportunity to use their natural abilities and behaviors in new and exciting ways. The Zoo’s dedicated animal keepers set up “toys” to encourage sniffing, puzzling, foraging, and other behaviors these animals would naturally display in the wild.

Buy toys for animals

Special Projects

Whether the giraffe herd needs a barn upgrade or the conservation team needs a new vehicle to safely rescue endangered wild animals– you can help the Zoo to make repairs and replacements where they’re most needed.

Please contact the Institutional Advancement department by email or phone (805) 962-5339 to learn more about the current priority projects at the Zoo.

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Donate Your Green Waste

Green waste that includes non-toxic branches and leaves from specific species of trees and shrubs, such as bamboo and grapevines, make up an important part of our animals’ diets. Won’t you consider giving yours to the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo?

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Planned Giving

The Phoenix Society recognizes those visionary and caring individuals who help to ensure the future of the Zoo by remembering the Zoo in their planned or estate gifts.

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Donation Requests

If your nonprofit organization is holding a fundraiser, the Santa Barbara Zoo may be able to help by donating two guest passes to be auctioned or raffled off. Your organization and fundraiser must meet certain criteria to be considered for a donation.

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Give Back by Shopping

Shop for good using Amazon Smile! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you select the Santa Barbara Zoo as your favorite charitable organization online.

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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.