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Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo donors help provide world-class animal care, give hope to endangered species, inspire young minds, and create cherished family memories.

Make an Online Donation or Become a Monthly Donor

As a registered charity, the zoo depends on your financial support. You can specify where you would like your donation to go, or allow us to direct your support where it is most needed. If you want your gift to fund a specific program and don't see it in our drop-down menu, just make a comment in the Message section.

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Introducing: A Moment in the Sun


A crisp lager pairs perfectly with a summer stroll through the zoo. And when proceeds go towards wildlife conservation, you’ll be making a difference as you indulge! The all-new “A Moment in the Sun” lager, made by local craft brewery Annex Ale Project can be found at all concessions throughout the park and at Grazers Restaurant.

The unique label was made using a process known as cyanotype. Watch the video below to see how it was done.

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Planned Giving

Gift of Securities

Malayan Tapir - Tanuck

Giving a Gift of Securities can have significant benefits for wildlife, wild spaces and your tax planning. Giving a Gift of Securities removes the taxation of capital gains and allows you to receive a tax receipt for the market value of your donation. The tax benefits of donating publicly traded securities may allow you to give more than you might have thought possible.

For more information on how to give a Gift of Securities, please complete the form below or contact Kathryne Gibson or (403) 232-9374

Make a Gift of Securities to the Calgary Zoo

Dinny Legacy Fund

Commemorative Bench Program


Dinny is a historic figure for Calgary and the Calgary Zoo. Built in 1935 by sculptor John Kanerva, Dinny is the last remaining statue from the Natural History Park, which was installed in 1937 at the Calgary Zoo. Your support not only preserves a piece of history, but also helps stop other species from going extinct. By helping Dinny and supporting your Calgary Zoo, you also give a voice to all the wildlife and their endangered relatives who can’t speak for themselves, just like Dinny. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a commemorative donor wall displayed in Dinny’s redesigned space.

Bench Program

With a donation of $5,000, you can Commemorate, Celebrate, Honour or Remember someone special by dedicating a bench in their name. The commemorative bench will feature a custom engrave plaque and remain in place for 10 years. We’ll work with you to find the perfect spot at the zoo.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Corporate Matching


A sponsorship of the Calgary Zoo allows your company to directly support whichever area of our operations align with your corporate giving priorities and achieve your marketing and community investment goals. The Sponsorship Team works with our partners to design a unique recognition package in order to maximize the value of your company’s support. From cash to donations of products and services, there is no limit to how your company can make a difference for wildlife. Contact Us

Chilean Flamingo

Your donation could be doubled! Many corporations offer matching programs for employee donations to registered charities such as Benevity. Please reach out to your employer’s human resource department to inquire about corporate matching opportunities.

ZooCare: Adopt a species

BMO Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Mastercard

Become a Volunteer

Red Pandas Linus & Udaya

The ZooCare Adopt a Species program helps us provide exceptional care to over 1,000 Calgary Zoo animals. With your support and symbolic adoption, we feed our animals specially designed diets, and create enrichment activities that encourage the behavior a species would display in the wild. Adopt Now


This is an opportunity you don't want to hippopota-miss! Help support endangered species with the BMO Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Mastercard. Simply by using this card you are making it possible for the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo to receive contributions at no additional cost to you. Learn More

Dinny's Green Staff and Volunteers

Share your skills — and your passion for wildlife and wild places — as a volunteer with the Calgary Zoo and help us achieve our vision to be Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation. Click Here to learn more or contact us at [email protected].

Common Peafowl Norman




Fundraising for Wildlife

Celebrating a birthday, wedding, or other special event? Or maybe you have another idea? You can quickly and easily set up your own custom fundraising page and invite your friends and family to make a donation in place of gifts! Fundraise Now

Drink Wine. Save Wildlife. It's a Win-Win!

Looking for a great way to support our charitable organization? Willow Park Wines & Spirits has a new line of Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo private label wines, sustainably produced from the incredible vineyards of Argentina! Choose between Calgary Zoo Cabernet Sauvignon  or Calgary Zoo Sauvignon Blanc (or get both!) For every bottle purchased, $2.50 will be donated to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo in support of wildlife conservation.

Wild Run - For over 15 years running enthusiasts and conservation advocates have participated either as individuals or as a team, supporting wildlife conservation. This exclusive annual run provides a fun and unique experience, running the first leg of the race through the zoo before it opens. Sign Up Here

Donate a Car - Donate a Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for The Calgary Zoological Society (The Calgary Zoo). When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to The Calgary Zoo through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for The Calgary Zoological Society to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, The Calgary Zoo will send you a tax receipt and will put your gift to good use. Donate Here

Birdies for Kids - From March 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022, The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is participating in the Shaw Charity Classic Birdies for Kids program. Giving through the Birdies for Kids program will trigger a matching program that can provide up to 50% more in additional funds. Our Conservation Champions program sparks children's imagination,(link) unlocks their creativity and empowers young adults to find their voice and make a difference in their school and community. Support the next generation of conservation heroes and make your donation go a little bit further! Learn More Here

Gorilla on the line – Did you know that some cell phone parts use coltan, an ore which is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo where gorillas live? This mining contributes to habitat loss and the endangerment of gorillas. What Can You Do? Collect as many phones and handheld electronics as you can (such as iPods, iPads, tablets and mp3 players, chargers and accessories) and bring them for recycling at the Calgary Zoo! Learn More Here

How to Reach Us

Contact us! The Development team is prepared to work with you to advise how your charitable donation can have the greatest wildlife conservation impact.

General Donations

[email protected]
(403) 232-7774
Calgary Zoo Development
1300 Zoo Road NE
Calgary AB T2E 7V6
Charitable Registration #
118824192 RR0001

Major Gift and Shares

[email protected]
(403) 232-9374
Director, Development 

Corporate Partnership

[email protected]
(403) 294-7670
Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Partnerships

Bench Program, ZooCare & Annual Giving

[email protected]
(403) 355-6602
Senior Development Officer, Annual Giving

[email protected]
(403) 355-6605 
Development Officer, Annual Giving

Philanthropic Foundations and Grantors

[email protected]
(403) 294-7670
Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Partnerships