Guardian Program

Zoo Guardians are an elite group of supporters who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually. They provide core support that enables the Zoo to offer the highest quality animal care, leadership in conservation, unique educational opportunities, and a wonderful family destination.

The Guardian Program recognizes Zoo supporters who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Zoo’s general fund. The generosity of Guardian Members enables the Zoo to pursue innovative animal care, education programs, and to expand its conservation and wellness efforts. Guardian donor philanthropy is central to the Zoo’s success in fulfilling its mission to connect people with wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. 

The Guardian Program's four levels are listed below. Guardians enjoy unique benefits at each of these levels that include VIP admission cards, free parking, special event invitations, exclusive exhibit previews, and behind-the-scenes access. If you are interested in learning more about the Guardian Program, please call Deb Howe, Development Events and Special Projects Manager Deb Howe at (415) 753-7173 ext. 3 or e-mail at

Keeper Level $1,000 - $2,499

Benefits include:

Curator Level  $2,500 - $4,999

Benefits include all of the above, plus

Director Level $5,000 - $9,999

Benefits include all of the above, plus:

Chairman Level $10,000+

Benefits include all of the above, plus: