What is enrichment?

e3Enrichment is the fun toys, treats, and puzzles that we give to our animal friends to promote natural behaviors! Did you know that our passionate animal care staff provides enrichment to all of our animal friends every day? Enrichment helps keep the animals mentally sharp, physically healthy, and emotionally happy. Some examples of the behaviors our animal care staff like to promote are: foraging for food, solving puzzles, training behaviors for medical examinations, and encouraging play time!


How can you help enrich the animals?

As a not-for-profit, we rely on and appreciate any donations made to us by our wonderfully supportive community! Some items we use daily are things you can recycle in your own home! Cardboard tubes, cardboard boxes, newspaper, and gently used sheets and towels are just some of the items we can put to good use here at the Zoo.

Please see a full list of items here.

The animals are generally rough and tough with the items they receive as enrichment. Due to the wear and tear a beak, claws, teeth and hooves can do, we are constantly replacing toys like boomer balls, bird toys, and puzzle feeders. Get them shipped right to the Zoo! We have all kinds of enrichment items that our animals LOVE on our Amazon Wish List.

We always appreciate any form of donation for the animals and the people that take care of them. Learn how to donate here.


*All donations can be dropped off at the admissions gate any day of the week from 10am-4:30pm, or Monday-Friday 10am-4pm when closed for the season.
*If you would like to send us your enrichment donations, please address to: Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, 1730 S. Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI 48601, ATTN: AC DEPT
*All donations are tax deductible. Please see our gifts-in-kind form here.


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Did you know that zookeepers provide toys, treats, and activities for your animal friends? This is called “enrichment,” and it is a very important part of our dedication to providing the animals at the Zoo the BEST possible care!

We have found that many of your furry, feathery, and scaly friends LOVE painting, which is a type of enrichment. With a little help from their zookeepers, each animal makes a one-of-a-kind art piece using their very unique painting techniques. Funds raised from selling these masterpieces will go toward the enrichment program at the Zoo!

Paintings come un-framed with the animal’s biography and a stunning picture!

If Pigs Could Fly

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8 x 10 painting by Wilbur the Pot-Bellied Pig



Lucky Kiss

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8x 10 painting by Wilbur the Pot-bellied Pig



Pig-ture Perfect

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8 x 10 painting by Wilbur the Pot-bellied Pig



Desert Sunset

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8 x 10 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Roo in the Sky

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8 x 10 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Cosmic Kangaroo

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8 x 10 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Jumping for Joy

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8 x 10 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo




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8 x 10 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Water-Colored Sunset

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8 x 10 painting by African Penguin



Pool Party

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8 x10 painting by African Penguin



Perfect Pair

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8 x 10 painting by African Penguin



Marching Penguins in Red

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8 x 10 painting by African Penguin



Shooting Stars in Black

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8 x 10 painting by African Penguin



Anthill Huntress

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9 x 12 painting by Black-footed Cat



In the Canopy

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9 x 12 painting by White-throated Capuchin



New-Worldly Wisdom

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9 x 12 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Playful Primate

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11 x 14 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Capuchin Silhouette in Red

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11 x 14 painting by White-throated Capuchin



 Crossing Paths



11 x 14 painting by African Penguin



Waddling Around



11 x 14 painting by African Penguin





11 x 14 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Hip, Hip, Hooray!



11 x 14 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Three Footprints in Red


11 x 14 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Hop, Skip, and a Jump



9 x 12 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Eye of the Beholder



9x 12 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Brush Strokes



8 x 10 painting by Miniature Horse



Sandman’s Image


8 x 10 painting by Sandman Miniature Horse



Otter Kiss



8 x 10 painting by North American River Otter






8 x 10 painting by White throated Capuchin



Two Thumbs Up!



8 x 10 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Brown Eyes



8 x 10 painting by Cotton-top Tamarin






8 x 10 painting by African Penguin



Windows to the Soul

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9 x 12 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Come with Me

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9 x 12 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Hangin’ Around

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11 x 14  painting by White-throated Capuchin



Slithering Secrets



6 x 6 painting by Ball Python



Nose Print



6 x 6 painting by Black-footed Cat



Treetop Playground



6 x 6 painting by White-throated Capuchin



Kangaroo in Purple



6x 6 painting by Eastern Grey Kangaroo



Whiskery Kiss



6 x 6 painting by Black-footed Cat


Children’s Zoo excited to announce two new residents: Mexican wolves!


The Saginaw Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is howling with excitement as two new Mexican wolves have moved into the wolf exhibit. Thanks to the generous support from the Zoo’s community, the Great Lakes Bay Region can now play a big part in bringing nature and children together!

One-and-a-half-year-old sisters Izzy and Rachel made their way to Saginaw from the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri. Rachel is a little bit smaller than her sister, Izzy, and lighter in color. They are both a little shy, spending much of their time hiding behind the trees of their exhibit. However, with each passing day, they seem to be getting more and more comfortable in their new home. MexicanWolf web1 

“I want to express my appreciation to everyone in our community who helped us bring these majestic wolves to our Zoo,” said Executive Director Nancy Parker. The Children’s Zoo would like to thank all of the people who helped them raise enough funds to spruce up the exhibit and cover the cost of transporting the wolves. Hundreds of people donated to help make this possible, and now children of all ages will be able to see these beautiful animals for many years to come!

The Mexican grey wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf. Commonly referred to as "El lobo," this wolf is grey with light brown fur on its back. Though they once numbered in the thousands, these wolves were wiped out in the U.S. by the mid-1970s, with just a handful existing in zoos. Although their numbers have grown slowly due to conservation efforts, they remain the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world. Because of the support from the Zoo's community, students from schools all across the area will have an opportunity to study such a rare and magnificent animal.

**All animal information is meant to be an educational resource. It may not include all the latest scientific information. Though we edit our information we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all facts presented.


Help us stay on the right track!

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Choo-choo! All aboard the party train as we celebrate the Train’s 50th anniversary!

We believe that the Zoo is a family fun destination for everyone, which is why we are asking the community to help us stay on the right track!


Our goal is to raise funds to get us to Station 1 on our Train’s journey by September 2017. These funds will be used for:

  • Lowering the track
  • New ADA passenger car (or ADA modifications for 2 coaches)  
  • Modifications at the Depot
    • Modify/expand loading platform
    • ADA compliance upgrades/corralling modifications


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Station 2’s GOAL is to have the remaining funds raised by March 2018, which will be used for:

  • Train tunnel/shop addition & track spur
  • Bridge repair/maintenance work

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These changes will allow new opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as senior citizens who have difficulty climbing in and out of the train. Interested in being a part of history?

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The Iberschoff Special is a cornerstone of the Great Lakes Bay Region community. Last year, the Train had almost 72,000 riders! With your help, we are hoping that number will be much larger when the fully accessible Train is revealed. With every visit, membership, or donation, YOU are helping to ensure that everyone has a WILD adventure!

If you would prefer an offline contribution, please:

Make a check payable to “Children’s Zoo.” On the memo line of the check, please indicate that the donation is for “Train 2017.” Please mail your check to:

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

More about the Train:

In January, 1967, the Saginaw Children’s Zoo introduced a new attraction: a miniature train. This brand new train was purchased from the Allan Herschell Company and is known as the "Iron Horse." The Iron Horse is designed to carry a larger number of passengers per trip than prior park trains. This purchase was made possible by Dr. Carl H. Iberschoff, a Saginaw school teacher, who left the money to the city of Saginaw for improvement of parks and playgrounds. The train is affectionately called the Iberschoff Special, in memory of Dr. Iberschoff's generosity. Click here to learn more about the Train's history!




The Zoo needs your support to maintain and advance our efforts as a great recreation, education and conservation resource for the community. There are several opportunities for you to make contributions, based on your interests and goals.


Did you know it costs:

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

penguin  $700 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 10 underpriveleged children?


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Annual Fund Campaign

The Annual Fund Campaign provides funds for our ongoing operating expenses for the Zoo. YOU are instrumental in making the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, the best little Zoo in Michigan. We share your passion for animals by caring for exotic and endangered species from around the globe. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on contributions from dedicated partners like you.

The animals at the Children’s Zoo are ambassadors to those in the wild. The Saginaw Valley Zoological Society is proud to tell their story here at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. Through care, breeding, and reintroduction to their natural habitat when possible, we replenish nature many times over. With your contribution, you can be part of all we do too! 

This day-to-day animal care is only possible through your continuous support, regardless of the amount. We at the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society are proud to serve as a model to other zoos and aquariums on conservation and animal welfare issues, as can be seen here at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. Our exhibits are the results of rigorous research and development of rich environments best suited for the animals.

Make a Donation

We thank you for your generosity and continued partnership with us!

For more information about the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square’s Annual Fund, please call (989) 759-1408.

If you would prefer to send in a donation by mail please send to:

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

Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign funds are designated for capital improvements at the Zoo such as new exhibits and other extensions to the Zoo’s current assets.


Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their empolyees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click the link below and enter your employer’s name.

Matching Gift Search

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest.
The impact of your gift to the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.


Memorial Gifts

Honor a loved one with a memorial gift to the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square. Gifts made in memory of an individual and their family are a thoughtful way to help sustain a legacy while supporting the Zoo in a caring, thoughtful way.

Please provide the full name of the person being honored and as well as the name and address of the family to be notified for this gift. We will send a letter informing the family of your generosity.

Make a Memorial Gift

Please make checks payable to:

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

For more information about Memorial Gifts, contact the Development Department at (989)-759-1408, ext. 22 or by e-mail.

Monthly Giving

Inspire. Motivate. Care. One month at a time...

Throughout the year, the Children’s Zoo inspires and motivates people to care for the natural world. Join our monthly giving program and help the Zoo protect threatened and endangered species, care for our animals, and educate future generations.

Make a Monthly Gift

Planned Giving

Wills, trusts and estate plans are all excellent ways to leave a planned gift and help ensure the future of the Zoo. These gifts demonstrate your support for our institution and help provide the stability and security that we need to guarantee a bright future.

In many cases, planned gifts can help to:

• Reduce estate, gift and/or current income taxes.
• Reduce or eliminate taxes on capital gains at the time of the gift.
• Provide a secure income stream for the rest of your life.
• Provide additional income for your heirs.

For more information about the planned giving program, please contact Nancy Parker, Executive Director, at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square at (989) 759-1408 or by e-mail. All inquiries are confidential.

Support the Zoo While You Shop!

Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Saginaw Valley Zoological Society when you shop with Amazon Smile.  Click here to get started.

Kroger Community Rewards: Sign up online to support Saginaw Children's Zoo (organization #73606), and Kroger will donate to the zoo everytime you use your Kroger card.

Donations by Phone

To make a donation by phone, please contact the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square at (989) 759-1408,

A Special Reminder

You may also send gifts of stock, mutual funds or other securities. These types of gifts not only help further the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square’s mission, but also provide contributors with significant tax benefits. Please contact Nancy Parker, Executive Director, at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square at (989) 759-1408 or by e-mail for details.

The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are deductible for federal and state income tax purposes as provided by law.


Request a Donation from the Zoo

Due to the high volume of requests, the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square has guidelines which must be followed in order to qualify for a donation.

• All requests must be mailed, faxed or emailed on the organization's letterhead a minimum of one month in advance of the desired deadline date.
• All donation requests should be directed to the Community Relations Specialist.
• Donation requests can only be approved to other non-profit organizations, churches and schools, a 501(c)(3) or 301(c)(3) organization (including church schools, private schools and public schools) for fundraising events benefiting the community, families or children.
• Each non-profit organization can receive only one donation per fiscal year.
• The following groups are not eligible to receive donations: for-profit organizations; individuals or individual families; and political parties.
• We will donate one family four-pack for each qualified request. We do NOT donate Zoo memberships.

Letters of request can be sent by email, fax (989) 759-1328 or mail:

Donation Request
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

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