Memorial & Tribute Gifts
Thank you for considering Sacramento Zoo as a recipient of a memorial or tribute gift in the name of a friend, relative, family member or beloved pet. Memorial and tribute gifts are wonderful ways to honor a loved one while supporting their a connection with wildlife.
Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, new baby, graduation or any special occasion. They also serve as a special expression of sympathy by honoring the memory of a friend, relative or beloved pet.
Your gift to the Sacramento Zoo will be acknowledged with a letter letting the recipient or their family know a donation has been made in their honor or memory (amount not disclosed). For more information, call 916-808-8815.
Celebrate a loved one with a Zoo Parent package from the Sacramento Zoo. Sponsor their favorite zoo animal and we will post the recipient’s name on our VIP (Very Important Parents) showcase board for one year. Package includes a Certificate of Parenthood and much more! For details, visit the Sponsor an Animal page or call 916-808-5888.
Express yourself with a personalized brass paver at the zoo for $500. Select a special message and we’ll engrave and install your paver in our Rare Feline Center courtyard, alongside the walkway in front of the big cats, or in front of the chimpanzee exhibit (just added in 2018!). Pavers make a touching memorial gift or wonderful dedication for birthdays and other special events. Email with paver questions or call 916-808-8815.
Pay tribute or homage to a special someone with a commemorative bench at the Sacramento Zoo. For $2,500, your personal message will be engraved and mounted on the bench for years to come. Each bench enhances the zoo and provides a comfortable place for visitors to rest. Email with bench questions or call 916-808-8815.
In-kind gifts are donations of items that benefit the Sacramento Zoo. We have many programs including ways to donate your old vehicle, outdated electronics (ewaste), and edible tree trimmings to help feed the animals.
You can also shop our Amazon wish list to see what else we need!
Donations by Appointment
Every day the Sacramento Zoo feeds pounds of browse (non-toxic branches and leaves from specific species of trees and shrubs). This allows us to feed many of our animals – including the giraffes, chimps, lemurs and many birds – food that is exactly like what they would consume in the wild. They enjoy nibbling leaves, stripping bark, and chewing on stems to keep their brains busy and bellies full.
Many of our neighbors trim their trees on a regular basis and leave the piles for curb-side collection. But, if your tree is on our list, we can collect branches from your home – or even better, you can deliver to us – and the browse goes to our animals instead of the landfill.
If you have a tree or shrub on the list above and will be trimming it soon, contact us by email or call 916-808-5888.
The Sacramento Zoo has partnered with eWaste4Good to not only properly dispose of your ewaste but to help raise funds for the zoo at the same time!
They will pick up your ewaste free of charge and automatically donate part of the proceeds back to the zoo. We cannot accept ewaste at the zoo.
What is ewaste?
Just some of the items that qualify are: televisions, fax machines, monitors, PC boards, computers, DVD players, laptops, VCRs, keyboards, cables and cords, printers, radios, computer mice, stereo components, hard drives, tape and zip drives, power tools, amplifiers, speakers, telephones, cell phones, car audio and microwaves.
How do I schedule a pick up?
Pickup does require three qualifying items. Qualifying items are defined as: televisions, monitors, computers, towers, laptops or servers. They will pickup all other ewaste listed above with three qualifying items.
Request an eWaste4Good pick up. Make sure to list the Sacramento Zoo or Sacramento Zoological Society as the organization you would like to support. They will contact you within 3 business days to schedule a pick up at your home, business or school.
The Sacramento Zoo accepts donations of cars, trucks, trailers, boats and RVs. Donate online or call 1-866-570-7318.
*All vehicle donations are handled by a third party; the FAQ’s below refer to their policies. All donations benefit the Sacramento Zoo.
What can I donate?
Most vehicles, including cars, trucks, trailers, boats and RVs will be accepted.
Can I still donate my car if it doesn’t run?
Yes, most vehicles will be accepted running or not.
What do I need to donate my vehicle?
You will need to have the title to the vehicle in your possession before it can be donated.
What information will I be asked for?
Please have the location of the car, your mailing address, the vehicles license number, VIN number, year, make and model. You should also provide information concerning any sort of damage or flat tires that would affect the towing of the car.
Can you pick up vehicles in all 50 states?
How will my car be picked up?
Your vehicle will be towed away by a professionally licensed towing company; no need to make the arrangements yourself.
How long will it take to pick up my car?
A towing company will contact you via telephone within 3-4 business days.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! Your car donation will help feed and care for animals at the Sacramento Zoo!
How does my tax deduction work?
The IRS allows you, the taxpayer, to claim a tax deduction of (a) the value of your vehicle up to $500 or (b) if the vehicle is sold for more than $500 you will receive a postcard with that value for your taxes.
If you would like to purchase items from Amazon.com, the zoo has a wide range of needed items on our wish list. Many items go directly to the animals as enrichments and toys! Visit Amazon, hover over “accounts & lists” near the top right corner and click on “find a list”. Search for the Sacramento Zoo and choose your items!
They will ship directly to the Sacramento Zoo.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs that will match any charitable contribution made by their employees (including Memberships).
To increase the value of your gift, contact your human resources office to see if your company has a matching gift program and obtain the appropriate form, follow the instructions and mail to the address below. We’ll verify your gift and notify your company.
Attn: Matching Gifts
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
Email with matching gift questions or call 916-808-8815.
Your employer may also match your volunteer time!
Ask your human resources office for eligibility requirements. Visit the Volunteer page for opportunities at the Sacramento Zoo.