Selig Legacy Society
Zoo enthusiasts who have included the Zoo in their estates are recognized as members of the Selig Legacy Society.
The name honors the legacy of “Colonel” William N. Selig, who opened his combination movie studio and zoo in 1915 with more than 700 animals – the largest animal collection in the United States at that time.
Inspired by Colonel Selig’s passion for animals, our Selig Legacy Society partners leave a legacy that will enable future generations to experience wildlife at our Zoo and promote the health and safety of animals in the wild.
While benefitting the Zoo in a lasting way, a planned gift may have great personal benefit by reducing estate taxes for heirs, avoiding capital gains, and increasing cash flow.
Selig Legacy Society partners receive special recognition in the annual report and on the Donor Wall in the entry plaza.
Legacy partners also enjoy an annual behind-the-scenes and luncheon with the GLAZA President and the Zoo Director.
How to Get Involved
Click here for additional descriptions of various charitable gift planning vehicles, and for further information on how you can become a Selig Legacy Society member, please call (323) 644-4782.
Forty members of the Selig Legacy Society gathered at the Zoo for their annual behind-the-scenes tour and luncheon. The 2012 event included a talk by an orangutan keeper where Selig members got a glimpse of the baby orangutan tightly clinging to mom, Kalim, on only her second day of being on view to the public. Members also watched as elephant keepers put Tina and Jewel through their daily training.