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 the following criteria to be considered for a donation:

  • Organization is located in the state of California
  • Organization is a 501(c3) with a Federal nonprofit I.D. number
  • Zoo passes will be used in a fundraising capacity (i.e. auctioned or raffled)
  • You have not already received a donation from the Santa Barbara Zoo this year

If you meet all of these guidelines, please download our Guest Pass Request Form to apply for consideration.

Please be advised that applications or letters of inquiry which do not meet all of the above guidelines will receive no response.

Santa Barbara Zoo guest passes will expire one year from the date of your event; no extensions can be granted. The passes have no cash value and may only be used for general admission at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Due to the great number of requests the Zoo receives, we can only give out passes to each nonprofit organization once per year.

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For help in making a planned or estate gift to benefit the Santa Barbara Zoo, please contact Elaine Mah Best, Director of Development by phone (805) 962-5339, ext. 109 or email Elaine Mah Best.