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For more than four decades, the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) has funded exhibits, animal and plant species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It stands as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. There are currently over 72,500 GLAZA member households, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles, and it boasts a volunteer corps of over 700.

Visitors at Sea Life Cliffs

GLAZA’s Mission Statement

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association is a nonprofit corporation created to support the Los Angeles Zoo in its mission to nurture wildlife and enrich the human experience. GLAZA’s primary responsibility is to seek and provide financial support for the Zoo’s programs and capital projects.

Ways to Support the Zoo

Did you know that the L.A. Zoo attracts more than 1.6 million visitors a year?  And we are growing.  More and more people visit the Zoo because it remains one of the most economical entertainment and educational institutions in the city.  On any given day, hundreds of school children experience exotic animals up close, and learn about their behaviors, habitats, and the need for wildlife conservation. During the spring, summer, and winter holidays, the L.A. Zoo hosts a vibrant ZooCamp, even providing scholarships so that underserved children can participate.

In short, the L.A. Zoo is an incomparable educational and inspirational asset to our community.

Please show how much you value the L.A. Zoo now and ensure that it can continue for future generations by making a tax-deductible donation.  In gratitude for your generosity, GLAZA offers a variety of donor programs and giving opportunities that provide you with some wonderful benefits.  Choose one, or even two!  You can read about them in more detail below.

Do something to show you care and support this amazing community resource.  If you would like to talk with someone about GLAZA’s giving vehicles, please call the Development office at (323) 644-6035.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting your L. A. Zoo.

Keel Billed Toucan at the LA Zoo Photo Credit Tad Motoyama

Make a General Donation

Making a general contribution to GLAZA has a direct impact on the more than 1,100 animals that call the L.A. Zoo home. By providing immediate and vital resources for its ongoing operations and programs, you are helping ensure that the Zoo Director will have discretionary funds that can be spent where and when they are needed most.

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Geoffroy's Marmoset

A.D.O.P.T. (Animals Depend on People, Too!) an Animal Species

Assist our global conservation efforts! Become an “ADOPTive” parent to any species of animal at the L.A. Zoo and help protect and preserve wildlife worldwide.  Funds from the ADOPT program enable GLAZA to participate in more than 40 international conservation efforts underway to help save endangered species from extinction.

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Sloth at the LA Zoo Photo Credit LA Zoo

Name an Animal

You can name a resident of the L.A. Zoo!

A very special giving opportunity, the Name an Animal program offers individuals and groups a way to develop a deeper connection with a particular animal at the L.A. Zoo and support the Animal Acquisition Fund at the same time.  Established to maintain healthy and genetically diverse animal populations within the zoo community, the fund enables the Zoo to acquire new animals, which helps diversify the collection.  For more information about animal namings, please call the Development office at (323) 644-6035.

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Cart Tour


SAFARI SOCIETY donors are a sophisticated group who share a deep appreciation for wildlife, animal welfare, and the preservation of biodiversity and natural habitats worldwide. This upper-level annual giving program allows donors at a range of giving levels to help advance the mission of the L.A. Zoo while enhancing their own visitor experience through docent-guided cart tours, VIP events, close encounters with wildlife and staff, and much more. There are events and activities geared to children, receptions and lectures exclusive for adults, and all sorts of exciting happenings for the whole family.

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Commemorative Bench


Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s or Father’s Day, a birth, graduation, or other personal milestone, or you are looking for a meaningful memorial, the L.A. Zoo’s commemorative program offers participants the opportunity to make a lifelong tribute that is sure to honor those closest to your heart.

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Selig Ceremony

Planned Giving

L.A. Zoo enthusiasts who have included GLAZA in their estate plans are recognized as members of the Selig Legacy Society.  Society participants leave a legacy that enables future generations to experience wildlife at the L.A. Zoo while promoting the health and safety of animals in nature. Learn how you can ensure the future of the Zoo by leaving a bequest.

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Elephants of Asia

Capital Projects

Over the past decade, GLAZA has advanced the L. A. Zoo’s mission by rebuilding and renovating more than a dozen major animal habitats and care facilities. This ambitious endeavor has been accomplished solely as a result of your contributions in addition to Los Angeles voters who approved numerous propositions and bond measures in support of these efforts.  There are naming opportunities at various levels, and you may make a gift or pledge to any of these capital projects, such as the spectacular Rainforest of the Americas, opened in 2014.  For more information and to discuss naming opportunities, please call the Development office at (323) 644-4782.

Wine Sponsorship

Corporate Sponsorships

Our Corporate Sponsors can look forward to heightening their business image, expanding their brand awareness, and potentially increasing sales volume— all while demonstrating social responsibility and community involvement—through a wide range of cause-related marketing programs and sponsorship activation methods.

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Business Partners

Join with other conscientious top executives and senior managers by enrolling your company in GLAZA’s Business Partners program. Designed specifically for local and regional commercial enterprises, Business Partners annually support the L.A. Zoo’s work in conservation, education, and wildlife preservation while enjoying benefits and privileges offered to their employees.

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Grevy's Zebras Pair at the LA Zoo Photo Credit Jamie Pham

Matching Gifts

Want to double your contribution?  As you may know, many employers provide a matching gift service to their employees. This means that when you donate to a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, your company will match it at a ratio of between one-half to three times the amount of your gift!

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Student Volunteers


The L.A. Zoo is lucky to have one of the largest and finest groups of volunteers in the country. Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the L.A. Zoo’s mission of “Nurturing Wildlife and Enriching the Human Experience,” from helping with office work to assisting our Animal Keepers. We invite you to join this dedicated team.

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