Animal Sponsorship
$100 Donation

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)
• A plush toy (mailed within 10 business days)
• An animal trading card (mailed within 10 business days) (not available for summer llama promotion)

Summer Spotlight Animal

Llamas are visiting the Minnesota Zoo this summer — but you can have fun with them year-round with an animal sponsorship! Llamas are highly social animals and thrive when living with others, so your plush llama will enjoy sharing your home with you. Native to the Andes Mountains in South America, llamas were domesticated as a pack animal to help transport goods. While your plush may not be able to carry items for you, you can delight in humming to your llama, which is how they communicate with one another!

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!

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