The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is non-profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of conservation, education, science, and recreation through Zoos and Aquariums.  By visiting an AZA-accredited facility, you ensure continued research in conservation, endangered species' breeding programs, and excellent animal care standards are maintained.  Founded in 1924, AZA continues to lead advancements in animal care and health.  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a Zoo or Aquarium!  To learn more about AZA, click here.

 

 

reciprocalprograms

The following institutions will honor your Children's Zoo membership.  Over 150 institutions currently offer free or discounted admission.

  • This list is subject to change without notice. 
  • We recommend you contact the zoo or aquarium BEFORE your visit to confirm the current reciprocity status. 
  • Bring your membership card and proper ID when visiting any institution. 
  • Please note that most institutions limit reciprocity to 2 adults and 2-4 children and do not honor reciprocity for special events, parking, rides, etc.  

AZA Reciprocal List

Canada

Calgary Zoo - Calgary, Alberta - Canada 50%
Granby Zoo
- Granby, Quebec - 50%Butterfly Silhouette
Toronto Zoo
- Scarborough, Ontario - 50%

Mexico

Parque Zoologico de Leon - Leon - 50%

Alabama

Birmingham Zoo - 100%
Montgomery Zoo - 100%

Alaska

Alaska Sealife Center - 50%

Arizona

Phoenix Zoo - 50%
Reid Park Zoo - Tucson - 50%

Arkansas

Little Rock Zoo - 50%

California

Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco - 50%
Capuchin SilhouetteCharles Paddock Zoo - Atascadero - 100%
CuriOdyssey - San Mateo - 50%
Fresno Chaffee Zoo - 50%
Happy Hollow Zoo - San Jose - 50%
Los Angeles Zoo - 50%
Oakland Zoo - 50%
Sacramento Zoo - 50%
San Francisco Zoo - 50%
Santa Ana Zoo - 100%
Santa Barbara Zoo - 100%
Sequoia Park Zoo - Eureka - 100%
The Living Desert - Palm Desert - 50%

Colorado

Pueblo Zoo - 50%

Connecticut

Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport - 100%

Deleware

Brandywine Zoo - Wilmington - 100%

Florida

Alligator Farm Zoological Park - St. Augustine - 50%
Brevard Zoo
- Melbourne - 50%Penguin Silhouette
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
- Sanford - 50%
Florida Aquarium - Tampa - 50%
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - 50%
Zoo Miami - 50%
Mote Marine Aquarium - Sarasota - 100%
Palm Beach Zoo - 50%
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - 50%

Georgia

Chehaw Wild Animal Park - Albany - 100%
Zoo Atlanta - 50%

Idaho

Tautphaus Park Zoo - Idaho Falls - 100%
Zoo Boise - 100%

Illinois

Cosley Zoo, Wheaton - 100%
Henson Robinson Zoo - Springfield - 100%
Miller Park Zoo - Bloomington - 100%
Peoria Zoo - 100%
Scovill Zoo - Decatur - 50%

IndianaAlligator Silhouette

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo - 50%
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Garden - Evansville - 100%
Potawatomi Zoo - South Bend - 50%

Iowa

Blank Park Zoo - Des Moines - 100%
Natl. Miss. River Museum & Aquarium - Dubuque - 50%

Kansas

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure - Salina - 50%
Sedgwick County Zoo - Wichita - 50%
Sunset Zoo - Manhattan - 100%
Topeka Zoological Park - 100%

Kentucky

Louisville Zoological Garden - 50%

Louisiana

Alexandria Zoo - 100%Wolf Silhouette
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
- 100%

Maryland

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - 100%

Massachusetts

Buttonwood Park Zoo - New Bedford - 100%
Capron Park Zoo - Attleboro - 100%
Franklin Park Zoo (Zoo New England) - Boston - 50%
Museum of Science - Boston - 100%
Stone Zoo (Zoo New England) - Stoneham - 50%

Michigan

Binder Park Zoo - Battle Creek - 50%
Detroit Zoological Society - 50%
John Ball Zoological Garden - Grand Rapids - 100%
Potter Park Zoological Gardens - Lansing - 100%

Minnesota

Lake Superior Zoo - Duluth - 100%
Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley - 50%Kangaroo Silhouette

Mississippi

Jackson Zoological Park - 50%

Missouri

Dickerson Park Zoo - Springfield - 100%
Kansas City Zoo - 50%
Endangered Wolf Center - Eureka - 50%
Sea Life Aquarium - Kansas City - 50%

Montana

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center - West Yellowstone - 50%

Nebraska

Lincoln Children's Zoo - 100%
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo - 50%
Riverside Zoo - Scottsbluff - 50%

New Hampshire

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center - Holderness - 50%

New Jersey

Bergen County Zoo - Paramus - 100%Tortoise Silhouette
Turtle Back Zoo
- West Orange - 100%

New Mexico

Alameda Park Zoo - Alamogordo - 100%
Albuquerque BioPark - 50%
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park - 100%

New York

Buffalo Zoo - 50%
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park - Syracuse - 50%
Seneca Park Zoo - Rochester - 100%
Staten Island Zoo - 100%
Trevor Zoo - Millbrook - 100%

North Carolina

Natural Science Center of Greensboro - Greensboro - 100%
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Kure Beach - 100%
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Atlantic Beach - 100%
North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island - Manteo - 100%
North Carolina Zoological Park - Asheboro - 100%
Western North Carolina Nature Center - Asheville - 100%

North Dakota

Chahinkapa Zoo - Wahpeton - 100%
Dakota Zoo - Bismarck - 100%
Sheep SilhouetteRed River Zoo - Fargo - 100%
Roosevelt Park Zoo - Minot - 100%

Ohio

African Safari Wildlife Park - Port Clinton - 50%
Akron Zoological Park - 50%
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Dayton - 100%
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens - 50%
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - 50%
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - 50%
The Toledo Zoo - 50%
The Wilds - Cumberland - 50%

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Zoo - 50%
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum - 50%

Oregon

Oregon Zoo - Portland - 50%
Wildlife Safari - Winston - 50%

Pennsylvania

Elmwood Park Zoo - Norristown - 50%
Erie Zoological Society - 100%
Lehigh Valley Zoo - Schnecksville - 100%
National Aviary - Pittsburgh - 50%
Philadelphia Zoo - 50%
Goose SilhouetteZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park - Hershey - 100%

Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence - 50%

South Carolina

Greenville Zoo - 100%
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden - Columbia - 100%

South Dakota

Bramble Park Zoo - Watertown - 100%
Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum - Sioux Falls - 100%

Tennessee

Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park - 100%
Knoxville Zoological Gardens - 50%
Memphis Zoo - 50%
Nashville Zoo, Inc. - 50%

Texas

Abilene Zoological Gardens - 100%
Caldwell Zoo - Tyler - 50%
Cameron Park Zoo - Waco - 100%
Dallas Zoo - 50%
El Paso Zoo - 50%
Ellen Trout Zoo - Lufkin - 100%
Gladys Porter Zoo - Brownsville - 100%
Houston Zoo - 100%
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquarium - 50%Tamarin Silhouette
Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi
- 50%

Utah

Tracy Aviary - Salt Lake City - 100%
Utah's Hogle Zoo - Salt Lake City - 50%

Virginia

Mill Mountain Zoo - Roanoke - 50%
Virginia Zoo - Norfolk - 100%

Washington

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - Tacoma - 50%
Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle - 100%

West Virginia

Oglebay's Good Zoo - Wheeling - 50%

Wisconsin

International Crane Foundation - Baraboo - 100%
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens - 100%
NEW Zoo - Green Bay - 100%
Racine Zoological Gardens - 100%


FREE TO THE PUBLIC

The following list of institutions are free to the public, but offer additional discounts to Children's Zoo members.

California

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - San Pedro - 10% discount in gift shopServal Silhouette

DC

Smithsonian's National Zoological Park - Washington - 10% discount in all on-site gift shops

Illinois

Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - 10% discount on retail, food, education programs, and ticketed public events

Kansas

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia - 25% off all merchandise
Hutchinson Zoo - 20% discount in gift shop
Lee Richardson Zoo - 10% discount in gift shop and free drive through

Maryland

Salisbury Zoo - 25% discount in gift shop

Minnesota

Como Park Zoo - St. Paul - 15% discount in gift shop

Missouri

Saint Louis Zoo - 50% discount on Safari Pass

New Jersey

Cape May County Park and Zoo - 10% discount in gift shop

Wisconsin

Henry Vilas Zoo - Madison - 10% discount in gift shopOtter Silhouette and concessions

 

 

 

 

With a total of 84 gardens in the Adopt-A-Garden program it is hard to chose just one winner, so there are three.  In addition to the three winning gardens the Zoo visitors voted during the annual Birds, Bugs, Butterfly and Blooms event to pick the Peoples Choice award. 

2010 Adopt-A-Garden Winners

Bricko Brick Paving

Bricko Garden 

Saginaw Bay Underwriters

SBU Garden 

Kathy & Burris Smith

Smith Garden

2010 Peoples Choice Award Winner

 Payton & Baily Sieveke and Onie Jones

Peoples Choice Garden

2010 Honorable Mentions

  • Golfside
  • Covenant Brest Health Center
  • Jean Colpean
  • Mastromarco Law Firm
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Betta Phi Chapter
  • Douglas Family Vision
  • Forrest &Alger Family
  • Youth Outdoor Adventures
  • Judy & Ted Krawczak
  • Pat Blakeley & Joann Jastrzab

 

 

Eublepharis maculariusLeopard Gecko

Family

  • Gekkonidae

Lifespan

  • Average captive lifespan: 20 - 22 years
  • Average wild lifespan: 10 - 15 years

Size

  • Average adult length : 8 - 10 inches

Range

  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Northwest India
  • Pakistan 

Habitat

  • Arid rocky areas
  • Semi-dry deserts
  • Arid grasslands

Diet

  • Carnivore
  • In the wild:scorpions, centipedes, spiders and beetles
  • At the zoo:crickets and wax worms

Reproduction

  • Oviparous (lays eggs)
  • Clutch size averages 2 eggs; a healthy female can lay as many as six clutches a year
  • Eggs usually hatch after 45-53 days
  • Sexually mature at 10-14 months of age
  • Eggs development is visible inside the female
  • Young have a black-banded pattern which turns to spots around one month old

Description:Leopard Gecko

  • Males are usually bulkier than females
  • Background colors can vary: orange, tangerine, yellow, blue, aqua, purple, or patternless (no spots)
  • They have movable eyelids (unusual for geckos)
  • Unlike many other geckos they do not have adhesive toe pads
  • Have small claws on feet

Conservation:

  • Very popular amongst the pet trade, most are now captive born.

Interesting Facts:

  • Gecko is a term derived from the call of a large Asian species of gecko
  • In some places of the world they are referred to as "chit-chat" lizards because of their vocalizations
  • Most of the captive born individuals have Pakistani ancestry
  • This species eats its shed skin to prevent predators from knowing its location and to derive additional nutrients
  • The thick tail is used to store fat for drought periods
  • The Leopard Gecko is nocturnal and takes shelter under rocks or other cover during the day
  • This species can hibernate in the winter and aestivate in the hottest months of the summer
  • This species practices autotomy - it can drop its tail when threatened!  This is a common practice in lizards

Sources

1.    Burnie, David and Don E. Wilson. Smithsonian Institution Animal: the definitive visual guide to the world’s wildlife. New York, New York. DK Publishing, Inc. 2001.
2.    Woods, V. 2001. “Eublepharus macularius” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed September 04, 2009 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umish.edu/site/accounts/information/Eublepharis_Macularius.html

support your zoo

Without your support, the zoo would not be able to provide the Mid-Michigan area with the safe, fun, educational and beautiful experience that it does.

In 1987, the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society formed and took over management of the zoo from the City of Saginaw in April 1996. The zoo is classified as a non-profit, 501-C3 organization.

The beautiful expansions and capital improvements at the zoo are possible because of the generous support of local foundations. The care and feeding of the animals at the zoo and the day-to-day operations are funded by zoo gate admissions, Zoo Store, concessions, and beginning in 2016 a Saginaw County millage.

There are many ways to support the Children’s Zoo!

Memberships to the zoo are a great way to enjoy the zoo at tremendous savings while supporting the zoo's programs and operating.

The zoo welcomes donations in many forms. General donations, which also includes memory or honorary donations and train and carousel fund donations are a great way to show your support. Donations to the zoo’s endowment fund are also encouraged, to ensure that the zoo will be able to provide future generations with family-oriented fun and education.

Corporate donations and event sponsorship donations are also ways to help the zoo provide the events and programs that are so popular. 

Other ways to support the Children's Zoo include purchasing Engraved Bricks, our Adopt-an-Animal program and volunteering at the zoo. The zoo also has a Wish List that you can help replenish.

To better secure the future of the zoo, planned giving through a will, trust, gift annuity or life insurance is another way to be sure the zoo is here for future generations. Tax benefits apply, so consult your financial planner.

2016 Saginaw Valley Zoological Society Board of Directors 

Officers

Jennifer Jaffee
Chairperson
Michael Kelly
Vice Chair
Sandra Worner
Recording Secretary
Tara Girard
Treasurer
Elissa Basil
Immediate Past Chairperson
Judy Weldy
Board Advisor

 

Board Members

Dave Case

Julie Kozan 
Jim Theisen Carol Lechel 
Sherrie Fritze-Harris  Mary Sue Markey 
Carrie Houtman Kevin Schultz
Katie Kelly  Dr. Scott Woodbury
Heidi Helgren JD Kevin Gregory
Michael Krempa

 

Executive Director
Nancy Parker