You may know that many of the animals at the Minnesota Zoo have specific temperature and lighting requirements – but have you ever wondered who pays that electric bill? Everyone appreciates that the Zoo is a safe place to bring children and that certified EMTs are on site whenever the Zoo is open – but who pays for our Health and Safety staff? Would you ever visit us in winter if the parking lot and walking paths were buried under feet of snow?
The Annual Fund is a vital source of funding for all of these things and more, including animal care, conservation and education programs, keeper salaries, and so much more. Because most gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted, they allow the Zoo the flexibility to direct the funds where they are most needed and have the greatest impact. The Annual Fund touches virtually every aspect of the Zoo.
How does it work?