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Animal Sponsorship

Becoming a "Zoo Parent" allows you, your loved one, civic club, office, or classroom to support a favorite animal!

Connect with your favorite Washington Park Zoo animal through this unique and fun program!  100% of the profits go straight to this program, so when you become a “ZooParent,” you donate to the direct care of the animals in the zoo collection. Your donation will help fund habitat upkeep, special equipment acquisition, veterinary care, food, enrichment, and animal preservation programs.

General donations and memorial contributions at any level are also appreciated and can be mailed to the Washington Park Zoo, 115 Lakeshore Drive, Michigan City, Indiana 46360.  Every dollar helps and 100% of these donations go directly towards the zoo's animal care programs and habitat improvements!  For more information on any of the programs please contact the Director at:

Zoo Parent Program

Furry, feathery, or hairy…claws, paws, beaks, or scales?

Sponsoring an animal makes a unique gift, perfect for any birthday, holiday, special occasion, or commemoration. Give the perfect present to the person who has everything!  Sponsorships are also great for office and club support causes.

  1. Animal sponsors are good for one year and are renewable.

  2. Due to popularity, some animals may be sponsored by many people.

  3. No ownership rights are transferred by sponsoring an animal.

Program Details

Friend of the Animals


  • A Personalized Certificate of Sponsorship

  • Species Bio Fact Sheet

  • 4” x 6" Color Photograph

Protector of the Troop


  • All of the Friends of the Wild level benefits

  • A Custom 8 x 10 Wild by Design Animal Painting

  • WPZoo reusable bag

Wildlife Advocate


  • A Personalized Certificate of Sponsorship

  • Species Bio Fact Sheet

  • 4" x 6" Photograph

  • Medium Stuffed Plush of your animal

Wildlife Preserver


  • All of the Defender of the Troop level benefits

  • A special visit with your adopted animal (as possible), including a visit with the keeper who provides care for your animal (one time only, by appointment)

  • A one-time behind-the-scenes zoo tour (by appointment only) for up to 6 people.

  • Your name on the WPZoo donor wall tree for five-years

Keeper Supporter


  • All of the Animal Ambassador level benefits

  • Two Family Admission Day Passes to the WPZoo

  • WPZoo water bottle

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