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


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


Parque Zoológico de León - León - 50%


Birmingham Zoo - 100%


Alaska Sealife Center - 50%


Phoenix Zoo - 50%
Reid Park Zoo - Tucson - 50%
Sea Life Aquarium - Tempe - 50%


Little Rock Zoo - 50%


Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco - 50%
Capuchin SilhouetteCharles Paddock Zoo - Atascadero - 100%
CuriOdyssey - San Mateo - 50%
Fresno Chaffee Zoo - 50%
Happy Hollow Park & 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%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%


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


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


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%


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


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


Louisville Zoological Garden - 50%


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


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - 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%


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


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


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


Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center - West Yellowstone - 50%


Lincoln Children's Zoo - 100%
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium - 50%
Riverside Discovery Center - 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

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 - 50%
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%


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 City Zoo - 50%
Tulsa Zoo - 50%


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


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%


Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park - 100%
Zoo Knoxville - 50%
Memphis Zoo - 50%
Nashville Zoo, Inc. - 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%Tamarin Silhouette
Texas State Aquarium
 - Corpus Christi - 50%


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


Virginia Zoo - Norfolk - 100%


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

West Virginia

Oglebay's Good Zoo - Wheeling - 100%


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


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


David Traylor Zoo of Emporia - 25% off all merchandise
Hutchinson Zoo - 20% discount in gift shop
Lee Richardson Zoo - 10% discount in gift shop/concessions; free drive-through & shuttle; half-price train


Salisbury Zoo - 25% discount in gift shop


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


Saint Louis Zoo - 50% discount on Adventure Pass (up to 4 passes)

New Jersey

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


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





Eublepharis maculariusLeopard Gecko


  • Gekkonidae


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


  • Average adult length : 8 - 10 inches


  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Northwest India
  • Pakistan 


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


  • Carnivore
  • 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

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


  • 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


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

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.


2017 Saginaw Valley Zoological Society Board of Directors


Jennifer Jaffee

Michael Kelly
Vice Chair

Sherrie Fritze-Harris
Recording Secretary

Tara Girard

Elissa Basil
Past Chairperson

Judy Weldy
Board Advisor
Board Members
Dave Case Heidi Helgren JD
Carrie Houtman Katie Kelly
Julie Kozan Michael Krempa
Carol Lechel Mary Sue Markey
Kevin Schultz Jim Theisen
Dr. Scott Woodbury  
Executive Director
Nancy Parker

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



The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square 

This Release and Waiver of Liability is executed by the Volunteer, parent or guardian, in favor of the Saginaw Valley Zoological Society, operating as Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, a nonprofit corporation ("Zoo"), its directors, officers, employees, and agents.

The Volunteer desires to participate in the Zoo’s volunteer programs and activities. The Volunteer understands their participation may include a variety of activities required in operating the Zoo.

The Volunteer does hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress execute this Release under the following terms:

1. Waiver and Release. The Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless the Zoo and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may here after arise from Volunteer participation in any Zoo programs.

2. Medical Treatment. The Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge the Zoo from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with the Volunteer’s participation in any Zoo programs.

3. Assumption of Risk. The Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm in these activities and releases the Zoo from all liability for injury, illness death, or property damage resulting from the activities of the Volunteer’s participation in the Zoo’s programs.

4. Insurance. Each Volunteer is expected and encouraged to have medical or health insurance coverage.

5. Photographic Release. The Volunteer does hereby grant and convey unto the Zoo all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by the Zoo during any programs or volunteer activities, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

6. Other. Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Michigan and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Michigan. The volunteer agrees that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Release which shall continue to be enforceable.

In witness whereof, the Volunteer has executed this Release on this date _______________.


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Witness                                                                  Volunteer


                                                                               Parent/Guardian (if under 18)