The Benefits of a Zoo Society Membership

  • Free admission to the NC Zoo for 12 full months
  • Free or half-priced admission to 150 zoos and aquariums including Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park and the NC Aquariums
  • Free subscription to Alive magazine
  • Access to the Zoo Society's members-only picnic decks
  • Invitations to members-only events and previews
  • Discount on Society behind the scenes tours and veterinary and field research camps.
 



Estimated Tax Benefits for Life Members

Life Membership Levels:

  • $1,500 Director's Guild (Estimated amount that may be deducible is $342. Lifelong Family Benefits, 10 guest passes a year, a decorative, unofficial Zoo Society license plate, invitations to an annual Life-Member social, an engraved Life Membership card, a Life Membership Certificate and a Life Membership decal
  • $5,000* President's Club (Estimated amount that may be deducible is $460.) Lifelong Family Benefits, 10 guest passes a year, an engraved Life Membership card, recognition at the Zoo's entrance, a Life Membership decal, a Life Membership certificate, an invitation to an annual President's Club dinner and tour and a framed wildlife print
  • $5,000*, plus $1,000 annually Conservator's Circle (Estimated amount that may be deducible is $460 for the first year and $1000 for subsequent years) Lifelong Family Benefits, 10 guest passes a year, an engraved Life Membership card, recognition at the Zoo's entrance, a Life Membership decal, a Life Membership certificate, an invitation to an annual dinner and tour, and a framed original Zoo-animal artwork.

* Quarterly and monthly payment options are available for President's Club and Conservator's Circle memberships.  Call (336) 879-7250 for more information.

Benefit values are calculated using benefits that are available above the family-plus level.  Life members may choose to receive 10 guest passes a year. Many members do not request these passes. We calculate the use of these passes based on three years of member requests. In recent years, an average of 30 percent of the life members attended the life member social. We assume that over a ten year period each life member will attend three socials, or one every three years.  The calculations regarding the value of the social to life members is multiplied by three.


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