Deck the Boughs at the Zoo!

Help your community group get into the holiday by trimming a tree for the animals.

(photo by Marianne Hale)


Trim a tree for the animals

Want a great reason to get into the holiday spirit early? Join the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens in gearing up for our annual ZooLights celebration by decorating a tree for our animals. The decorated trees will be prominently displayed as decoration during the run of ZooLights, December 16-30. The trees will then be given to our animals as part of our Wellness Program, providing them with enrichment to help keep them active and healthy.

How it works
  1. Choose your sponsorship level from the list below.
  2. Assemble your group and make your ornaments. (Find Ornament Guidelines here)
  3. Contact Deb Howe at or call (415) 753-7173 ext. 3 to schedule a date to decorate your tree between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm November 30-December 7.

For companies wishing to donate the tree trimming activity to a neighborhood school, you may request a specific class to do the decorating or we can bring in a class to decorate the tree for you. (You will need permission from the school.) We can also provide volunteers for you if desired.

Basic $500 - 6 ft. tree (20 available) includes:
Elf  $1000 - 10 ft. tree (8 available) includes: 
Santa $2500 - 10 ft. tree (4 available) includes:
Sponsoring a tree is a beautiful way to support the Zoo and create unique enrichment items for our animals. For questions, please contact Deb Howe at or call (415) 753-7173 ext. 3. 

Trees generously donated by

Clancy’s Christmas Trees is a three generation, family owned business, opening in 1949. Our goal has always been to bring the finest and freshest trees to our neighbors in San Francisco. In 1979, Clancy’s opened San Francisco’s first Pumpkin Patch. We are located at 1620-7th Avenue at Lawton.