Zoo Wish List

Help make our wishes come true!

Select an item from the list below, purchase the item and drop it off at the zoo and the zoo staff will make sure your favorite animal gets a great gift. Need more help on what to purchase or have a different item in mind? E-mail us for a list of more specific items or ask if something is appropriate for the animals.

Reptiles – Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and Tortoises

  • Earth Worms (Bait Shops)
  • Natural looking hide houses
Leopard Tortoise in a paper bag

Hoof Stock – Goats, Sheep, Cows, Donkeys and Horses

Cows enjoying a box animal treat

Parrots

Eclectus parrot playing on a ladder

Penguins

Penguin painting

Small Animals – Sugar Glider and rabbits

Monkeys

  • Non-toxic finger paints

Capuchin finger painting

Carnivores – Wolves, Serval and Otters

Keeper spraying scent on wolf fenceWolf rubbing on scent

Used for multiple types of animals

  • Radio/CD/Tape Players
  • Nature CDs or Tapes
  • Mirrors (metal)
  • Metal Bells 
  • Kong toys (all sizes, especially extra large) 
  • Toilet Paper Tubes or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Wrapping paper tubes
  • Sheets and pillow cases 
  • Blankets (without holes or tears)
  • Socks
  • Towels
  • Newspaper
  • Old Phone Books
  • Perfume and Cologne
  • Non-shiny cardboard boxes - all sizes (without tape)
  • Paper Bags – all sizes
  • Animal Crackers* 
  • Non-iced or non-frosted only
  • Herbs or Spices*
    • Cinnamon
    • Nutmeg
    • Ginger
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Catnip
    • Chili powder
    • Pumpkin pie spice
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Cumin
    • Non-salt herbs
  • Extracts
    • Vanilla, orange, lemon, coconut, strawberry, coffee, peppermint
  • Food coloring
  • Kool-aid packs (sugar free)
  • Gelatin (sugar free)
  • Uncooked Pasta
  • Construction Cones
  • Working Christmas lights
  • Unpopped popcorn
  • Tennis balls or waffle balls
  • Liver Treats (Pro Treat Freeze dried beef liver treats)
  • TV’s with built in VHS or DVD players
  • Sheets, wash cloths, other linens
*Please remember: Food items need to be in their original, unopened package and within their expiration date.
 
 

volunteer

Carousel volunteer

Rides

Drive the famous Zoo train or operate the region’s only hand-carved carousel. Shifts are scheduled in four hour increments, so you won’t have to make a whole day commitment, unless you want to! Full training is provided.  To ensure a safe ride for everyone you must be 18 years of age to operate the rides. 

 

Zoo Store

Kids, candy, toys and smiles are what the Zoo Store is all about! If you enjoy helping kids of all ages satisfy a sweet tooth or find just the right little plush penguin or slithery lizard toy to take home, you’ll enjoy volunteering in the Zoo Store. Whether you have lots of time or just a little bit, we’d love to have your smiling face and helping hands making our visitors happy.

Zoo Store volunteers

Education/Special Events

Be a Zoo Camp counselor or outreach/animal handling volunteer.  Or lend a hand at a Special Event. Whether you have lots of time or just a little bit, the Zoo is the place for you to help our visitors with the complete Zoo experience.

 

Zoo Crew

Please visit the Zoo Crew section of the website for more information on our teen volunteer program!

 

Garden

Garden volunteers assist with general garden area maintenance. Approximately 12 areas have been identified as needing monthly care. This may include weeding general garden beds and pruning back shrubs. Garden volunteer work days are scheduled throughout the season. If a volunteer has been oriented by a member of the Horticulture Committee to the gardens, they may come anytime the Zoo is open to assist with routine garden maintenance care.

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Release and Waiver of Liability (PDF)

 

Seasonal Employment at the Zoo:

The Children's Zoo is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

  • Admissions
  • Zoo Store
  • Concessions
  • Grounds
  • Exhibit Educator

Interested applications should fill out the application below and mail to or drop off in person at:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Download Job Application (PDF)

 

Volunteer Internships:

Seasonal internships are available in the Animal Collections and Education departments. 

Animal Collection Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it takes to maintain a vibrant animal collection in a zoological park setting. Internship positions are considered volunteers.

Animal Collections Internship Posting 2016 (PDF)

Education Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various types of programs used to educate the public about the natural world in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are considered volunteers.

Education Internship Posting 2015 (PDF)

Social Media & Communication internship offer the opportunity for an individual to gain experience communicating a business’ mission and vision with the public in an effective and engaging way. Internship positions are considered volunteers.

Social Media & Communications Internship Posting 2016 (PDF)

If you are seeking an internship for a different department, please send a letter briefly describing the type and requirements of the internship to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
Attn: Zoo Internships
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Animal Sponsorship Program

By "adopting" one of your animal friends at the zoo, you will be helping us provide them the best possible care. Your sponsorship will go toward caring for your favorite animal!

 

Friend $35
Personalized sponsorship certificate, fact sheet with color photo, and a Children's Zoo patch.

Keeper $100
Friend benefits PLUS 5 one-time use visitor passes to the zoo and a meeting with your sponsored animal's keeper.

Protector $250
Friend benefits PLUS 10 visitor passes and a meeting with the animal's keeper.

Champion $500+
Friend benefits PLUS 15 visitor passes and a 4x9 engraved brick.

 

To start making a difference today, give us a call at (989)759-1408 or e-mail us at info@saginawzoo.com.

 

adopt a garden

In 1998, the Adopt-A-Garden program was started under the sponsorship of the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society as a way to beautify the Zoo grounds through volunteer involvement. The Zoo Horticulture Committee was entrusted with recruiting volunteer gardeners and managing the program. They began the first year with 11 gardens. Each year the gardens have grown in number and beauty, and now there are over 80 gardens spreading color and vibrance throughout the Zoo.

Honorable Mention 2012Winner 2012

 

Adopt-A-Gardens are assigned each year when space permits, with returning gardeners given first preference of any new available bed. Gardeners are responsible for providing their own plant material and are expected to maintain the garden for entire Zoo season.

An Adopt-A-Garden requires a weekly commitment to weed, water, fertilize and trim plants to keep the garden looking presentable at all times. Neglected sites give guests at the Zoo the impression that the rest of the Zoo is not well maintained. The Zoo has advised the Horticulture Committee that gardens that appear untended be re-assigned.

Gardeners are responsible for assisting with the fall clean-up of the gardens at the end of the season.

Winner 2012Winner 2012 
 

donations

 

Did you know it costs:

capuchin $760 to feed ALL the animals for just 1 day?

penguin  $500 to have enough fish to feed the Penguins for just 2 months?

wolf  $100 to feeds the Carnivores meat for just 1 week?

boy $50 to cover the cost of Zoo Admission for 7 underprivaleged children?

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Here are the many ways you can support the Zoo:


General Donations

General donation: your donation will be directed toward day-to-day operating expenses at the Zoo, including animal feeding and care or based on your desgination.

Memorial donation: make a donation in memory of a loved one.

Honorary donation: donate in honor of someone special.

Endowment fund donation: your donation will be held in a permanent fund at the Saginaw Community Foundation to help ensure the future of the Zoo. The interest generated from that fund will be annually distributed to the Zoo and applied toward our greatest needs. 

Train maintenance fund: help keep the cherished train chugging around the track every day.

Celebration Square Carousel fund: your donation will help maintain the beautiful, hand-carved Celebration Square Carousel.

Train RideCelebration Square Carousel

Corporate Donation

Join our Business Partners in supporting the Children's Zoo.

$1,000 Annual Member: receive 200 Zoo Passes, free admission for up to 400 employees and family members on a date of your choice, one day to promote your business or products at the Zoo and name recognition on Zoo Donor Board and in Zoo News.

$500 Season Member: receive 100 Zoo Passes and name recognition in Zoo News.

$250 Partner Member: receive 50 Zoo Passes and name recognition in Zoo News.

 

Event Sponsorship

Your Event Sponsorship will support the popular events the Zoo holds every year including Zoo Boo! These events are a great way to enjoy the Zoo, including train and carousel rides along with a special event at a tremendous savings.

Capuchin skeleton

 

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Don't forget, we have a Wish List full of items our animals need!