There’s no better place to make holiday memories than at the Minnesota Zoo! Explore an indoor rainforest that’s 78 degrees every day and home to everything from red pandas to pink flamingos. Touch a real-life shark in Discovery Bay or hit the outdoor trails where a world of wildlife plays in the snow. No matter what the weather brings, the Zoo has the perfect forecast for fun all winter long.

They probably have enough stuff, right? This year, let them unwrap amazing. Here are some ideas for every animal lover on your list (and even for your favorite zoo animals):

This holiday season, give your family an experience they’ll never forget at the Minnesota Zoo. Explore a world of wildlife on our outdoor trails or escape the cold by exploring our indoor rainforest that’s 78 degrees year-round.
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Gift Cards
Amazing stocking stuffers!: Wildly flexible gift cards start at just $25 and may be used for admission and parking, membership, education programs and special events, or exchanged for Zoo Bucks to use in the Zoo’s gift shops and restaurants. No batteries or assembly required! Please click here for more information about gift certificates.

Backstage Pass
Give the gift of a unique, once-in-a-lifetime behind the scenes experience with a Minnesota Zoo animal. Participants can get up close and personal with birds or bears, feed a sea otter, a sloth, or one of the largest stingrays in the United States, or smile for their very own personal penguin photo op. Age restrictions apply. Select your animal experience.

Travel EdVentures
Give the gift of adventure to the teens or adults in your life! Participants travel to unique and beautiful places of the world with a Minnesota Zoo professional to explore wildlife, conservation, and local culture. Check out our upcoming trips.

Sponsor an Animal
Your animal lover will receive a personalized sponsorship certificate, a trading card with fun facts about their animal, and a deluxe plush. We will mail your sponsorship package anywhere in the continental U.S. for FREE, saving you time and money at the post office! Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and will go to pay for food, specifically tailored to each of the 5,300+ animals at the Minnesota Zoo.

Honor a Loved One
Spread holiday joy this season by making a tax-deductible donation to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation in honor of someone special.  Your recipient will feel good knowing that your gift is helping to create special memories for everyone here at the Minnesota Zoo, and is saving wildlife all around the world.

Enrichment Wishes for the Animals
Minnesota Zoo animals enjoy getting gifts too! Children of all ages can have fun treating the animals with a special holiday enrichment gift by purchasing an approved “toy” from our wish list on

You can decide whether the gift is mailed to you and you can bring it in or have it mailed directly to us.

Minnesota Zoo Volunteers OrnamentSOLD OUT

It’s time to place your order for the annual animal holiday ornament handcrafted by Minnesota Zoo Volunteers. These keepsakes make wonderful stocking stuffers for children, are fun gifts for the person who has everything, and are a lovely addition to your own holiday decorations.

This year a beautiful butterfly suggests that you “Flutter thru the Holidays!”  Ornaments are $7 each and can be ordered by completing the form below.   Ornaments are limited in supply. Ornaments will also be on sale at the Zoo every day beginning Friday, November 29 until we are sold out.  Last year we sold out in 10 days.