Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
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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.
Parque Zoologico de Leon - Leon - 50%
Alaska Sealife Center - 50%
Little Rock Zoo - 50%
Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco - 50%
Charles 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%
Pueblo Zoo - 50%
Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport - 100%
Brandywine Zoo - Wilmington - 100%
Alligator Farm Zoological Park - St. Augustine - 50%
Brevard Zoo - Melbourne - 50%
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%
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%
Jackson Zoological Park - 50%
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center - West Yellowstone - 50%
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center - Holderness - 50%
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%
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%
Elmwood Park Zoo - Norristown - 50%
Erie Zoological Society - 100%
Lehigh Valley Zoo - Schnecksville - 100%
National Aviary - Pittsburgh - 50%
Philadelphia Zoo - 50%
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park - Hershey - 100%
Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence - 50%
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%
Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi - 50%
Oglebay's Good Zoo - Wheeling - 50%
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
The following list of institutions are free to the public, but offer additional discounts to Children's Zoo members.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - San Pedro - 10% discount in gift shop
Smithsonian's National Zoological Park - Washington - 10% discount in all on-site gift shops
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - 10% discount on retail, food, education programs, and ticketed public events
Salisbury Zoo - 25% discount in gift shop
Como Park Zoo - St. Paul - 15% discount in gift shop
Saint Louis Zoo - 50% discount on Safari Pass
Cape May County Park and Zoo - 10% discount in gift shop
Henry Vilas Zoo - Madison - 10% discount in gift shop 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
Saginaw Bay Underwriters
Kathy & Burris Smith
2010 Peoples Choice Award Winner
Payton & Baily Sieveke and Onie Jones
2010 Honorable Mentions
- 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
- Average captive lifespan: 20 - 22 years
- Average wild lifespan: 10 - 15 years
- Average adult length : 8 - 10 inches
- Northwest India
- Arid rocky areas
- Semi-dry deserts
- Arid grasslands
- In the wild:scorpions, centipedes, spiders and beetles
- At the zoo:crickets and wax worms
- 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
- 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
- Very popular amongst the pet trade, most are now captive born.
- 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
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
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
Immediate Past Chairperson
|Jim Theisen||Carol Lechel|
|Sherrie Fritze-Harris||Mary Sue Markey|
|Carrie Houtman||Kevin Schultz|
|Katie Kelly||Dr. Scott Woodbury|
|Heidi Helgren JD||Kevin Gregory|