Animal Sponsorships are a great way to celebrate the nature-loving friends and family in your life! Your contribution is used to help fund the care of all the amazing animals at the Minnesota Zoo. You're also helping support wildlife conservation both in Minnesota and around the world.
The available featured animals below highlight the diversity of wildlife you can find throughout the Zoo. Your sponsorship package will include:
• A personalized digital certificate (emailed within 2-3 business days)
• An animal fact sheet (emailed within 2-3 business days)
• An exclusive Minnesota Zoo Amur tiger CUBLE (mailed at the end of June or early July)
• An animal trading card (mailed at the end of June or early July)
Spotlight Animal - Amur Tiger
Amur tigers (formerly known as Siberian tigers), are native to the forests of the Russian Far East and northeast China. Unfortunately, Amur tigers are currently endangered with approximately 500 individuals remaining in the wild. Poaching and habitat loss continue to threaten these magnificent animals today.
The Minnesota Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ tiger species survival plan. Under this program, zoos work together on cooperative conservation breeding programs. In addition, Minnesota Zoo staff co-host the Tiger Conservation Campaign which focuses on the conservation of wild tiger populations across the globe. In partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, these projects have raised millions of dollars to directly support the conservation of tigers.
Sponsor an Amur tiger today and receive an Amur tiger CUBLES, created exclusively for the Minnesota Zoo to commemorate the birth of three Amur tiger cubs! In addition to this, you will receive a commemorative tiger cub print, a personalized digital certificate, an Amur tiger fact sheet, and an animal trading card.
Your animal sponsorship will help conservation efforts like these and help save wildlife here and around the world. Learn more about this special birth and what it means for tiger conservation.
Featured Sponsorship Options
The largest of all cats, the Amur tiger is a top predator of far eastern Asia. With thick fur and padded paws, this northern cat is well protected against the bone-chilling cold and icy winds of winter. The Minnesota Zoo has long been dedicated to tiger conservation in collaboration with zoos throughout the world.
Native to Minnesota, the three black bears living at the Zoo – Tiva, Syke, and Kuruk – were found orphaned in 2010 in the northcentral area of the state. Mostly solitary, bears can roam long distances. In prep for hibernation, they forage on the richest food, gaining 2-3 pounds a day to increase fat reserves for winter.
Several breeds of horses can be found at the Zoo’s Wells Fargo Family Farm, including Clydesdale, Pony of America, Haflinger, and American Paint. The Clydesdales are a fan-favorite, pulling a wagon in the daily parade at the Minnesota State Fair, and the riding horses participate in education programs, like Horse Zoo Camp.
The whitetip reef shark is threatened in the wild because it lives only in shallow ocean waters surrounding coral reefs, making it vulnerable to habitat degradation. Also, it doesn’t reproduce until it is relatively old and gives birth to small litters. Whitetip reef sharks typically have an easy-going disposition and small teeth.
The bald eagle who calls the Minnesota Trail home was found in Wisconsin in 1997, suffering from a broken wing and lead poisoning. Veterinarians discovered her wing injury was old and had healed in a way that made flight impossible. Because she would never be able to fly, she couldn’t be released back into the wild.
Have a specific species in mind? You are welcome to sponsor any of the animals that call the Minnesota Zoo home (explore them all here). Your sponsorship will include a personalized certificate and fact sheet specific to the species you select, and in lieu of a plush and trading card, you will receive a fun animal book!
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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