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Support the Zoo


Knoxville Zoo is committed to our critically  
important conservation and education programs
as well as providing the highest standard of care
for the animals entrusted to us.



As a non-profit organization, Knoxville Zoo relies on admissions, concessions, memberships, special events and philanthropic donations to sustain our daily operations, which cost just over $22,400 per day.  With your help, we can continue to provide the best care possible for the more than 800 animals that call Knoxville Zoo home as well as remain committed to our mission of conservation and education.  A gift in any amount helps us accomplish our goal of celebrating the wonders of the natural world.

Does your company have a matching gift program?  It's often overlooked, but many local businesses generously match any charitable contribution made by their employees and sometimes by retirees and/or spouses.  Your Human Resources representative should know if your company has a matching gift program.

ZooFund for Kids

Help kids come to the zoo with ZooFund for Kids.  Each year, over 10,000 students and their chaperones receive need-based free admission to visit the zoo based on Title I status.  Because our income from admission is so important to supporting the zoo's operations, we can only continue to help low-income children in our community if we have community support.

Your gift to ZooFund for Kids pays for:

  • $6 pays for one child's admission
  • $180 pays for one average-size class admission
The zoo's education programs serve the entire East Tennessee region, as well as for educators in Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia who bring their classes on field trips to the zoo.  Over 42,000 students, preschoolers and chaperones visit the zoo on class field trips annually.

Make a gift to Knoxville Zoo today, and help us to continue our efforts in celebrating the natural world through education, conservation and recreation.



Ways to Give

Donate Online

Click here to make a gift to Knoxville Zoo today.

Memorial Donations
Knoxville Zoo has a Memorial and Honorarium Program for those who would like to remember or honor the life of a family member, friend, or beloved pet.

Capital Campaign
Learn more about the future of Knoxville Zoo's capital improvement projects.

Planned Giving
Leave your legacy to Knoxville Zoo through our planned giving program.

Carousel Animals
Adopt a Carousel Animal.

Wish List
Click here for a list of much needed items


For more information on making a donation to Knoxville Zoo or for information on a particular campaign,
please call our Development office at (865) 637-5331.