Sponsorship Opportunities

The Zoo Society offers many large and small opportunities for individuals to make a charitable donation while sponsoring an event or experience inside the Zoo. Sponsorships are handled individually by the Zoo Society's development professionals, who work with donors to select the right sponsorship opportunities and to ensure that all sponsorships, including memorials and honorariums, are properly recognized.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities call the Zoo Society offices during regular business hours and ask to speak to Cheryl Turner. She can be reached by dialing 336-879-7250.

The most popular individual sponsorships fall into three categories:

  • Art In The Park Display – Art In The Park – The Zoo’s public art collection is widely recognized as one of the best in the country and has a value that exceeds $3 million. Individual pieces reinforce the Zoo’s educational and conservation messages and add to the enchantment of a Zoo visit. Art sponsorships range in cost from $5,500 upward.
  • Park Benches – Benches are located throughout the park at each of the exhibits and along the pathways to offer a respite for the park’s visitors.  For a gift of $1,500, these benches provide a lasting way to honor or memorialize a family member or friend. Our staff works with individual donors to find a bench placement that brings comfort to the donor.
  • Honeybee Garden – The Honey Bee Garden offers sponsorships for gardens within the Honey Bee Garden Exhibit.  Each of these gardens can be named for a donation of $5,000.  The Honey Bee Garden Exhibit also showcases a ceramic tile mural featuring a variety of flowers and the words “Bee Kind”.  This mural can be sponsored for a gift of $10,000.


Wake Up with the Animals - An annual thank you to Zoo Society members, Wake Up brings in 800 or more Zoo friends into the park an hour before it opens to the public and offers a free breakfast and entertainment to these friends.

Zoo To Do - The Zoo Society’s annual fundraising gala that provides dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction to raise money for Zoo programs.  Sponsorships, donated auction items and ticket sales regularly combine to provide more than $100,000 to the Zoo each year.

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