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Your donation will make a difference in the lives of our animals and our community by enabling us to provide top-notch veterinary care, facilitate award-winning education programs, and support conservation efforts locally and globally. 


Honoring Dr. Hal Markowitz – Father of Zoo Enrichment

The San Francisco Zoo plans to name a laboratory in the Wellness and Conservation Center the "Markowitz Enrichment Prototyping Laboratory," in honor of the late Dr. Hal Markowitz and his extraordinary impact on the lives of zoo animals. Regarded as the Father of Zoo Enrichment, Dr. Markowitz is admired throughout the world for his creativity and leadership in developing the field of animal enrichment and the science of Zoo Biology.

Funds in honor of Dr. Hal Markowitz and the Markowitz Laboratory will be used for the support and expansion of the San Francisco Zoo’s Wellness Initiative, which uses state of the art techniques to develop and implement practices that ensure our animals are thriving. To make a donation, please fill out the form on the right and include the word "MARKOWITZ" in the comment box. For further information on how to make a contribution, please contact Katharine Morris at or 415-753-7173.


South American Tropical Rainforest & Aviary

This summer, we will officially open our brand new South American Tropical Rainforest and Aviary. You will be immersed into a dense rainforest environment while coming face-to-face with exotic birds, frogs, snakes and sloths! To make a donation towards this exciting project, please fill out the form on the right and include the word "AVIARY" in the comment box. For further information on how to make a contribution, please contact Katharine Morris at or 415-753-7173.


To make a general donation, please fill out the form on the right. For questions about making a donation, call (415) 753-7173 or e-mail development@sfzoo.orgIf you would like to mail your gift, please send it to:

San Francisco Zoological Society
Development Department
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132-1098

The San Francisco Zoo is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Our charitable tax ID number is 94-1429538.

Tribute and Memorial Gifts  

Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, new baby, graduation, or any special occasion. Memorial gifts are a special way to express sympathy by honoring the memory of a friend or relative. A tribute or memorial gift to the San Francisco Zoological Society (SFZS) will be acknowledged to the donor as well as to the honoree or family (amount not disclosed). All donations are fully tax-deductible and support the care and enrichment of the over 250 animal species at the San Francisco Zoo. 

To make a tribute or memorial gift, you can submit your donation online or mail it to the SFZS at the address above. We will send notification (excluding the dollar amount of your gift) to the person or family member of your choosing, and you will receive an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Just check the Tribute/Memorial box on the donation form at the right and fill out the honoree information. For questions about tributes and memorials, call (415) 753-7173 or e-mail

Sponsor a Bench  

Are you looking for a unique and lasting recognition opportunity? Sponsoring a bench at the Zoo allows you to remember loved ones, celebrate friends and family, promote your business, mark a special occasion, or simply show your love for the Zoo while supporting our diverse education, conservation, and animal care programs. Your wonderful gift adds to the beauty of our campus and offers guests a place to relax while they enjoy the wildlife.

Bench sponsorships are $5,000 each and include:

For questions about our Bench Program, call (415) 753-7173 or e-mail

Donate a Vehicle  

Donate your used car, truck, van, boat, trailer, or RV to the San Francisco Zoological Society and receive a tax deduction while supporting wildlife conservation and education programs. The auction house will pick up your vehicle at no cost (in most cases) and will handle all of the DMV paperwork. It’s simple and easy. Please help the animals by donating your car today. 

For questions about donating a vehicle, call (800) 574-0888 or click here.