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 an Annual Appeal 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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What is GivingZOODay?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

#GivingZOOday is about the impact the community has on accredited zoos and aquariums! It's also about how these institutions enrich the communities they live in by engaging their visitors to be stewards of the environment and save species from extinction. Zoos and aquariums also mentor their staff and volunteers to give back in their own communities to a wide range of causes.

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square is home to many animals, including many endangered species and rescued wildlife. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we are held to the highest standards of animal care and visitor experience. When you donate to the Saginaw Children's Zoo, you are helping us provide the best possible life for the animals who call the zoo their home. Your support is responsible for the birth of the cotton-top tamarin twins earlier this spring, a critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. Your support allows us to give our many rescued animals permanent sanctuary, where they can live out the rest of their days knowing only peace and love. Your support brings in hundreds of children into our Living, Learning Lab program, a STEM-based formal educational opportunity that is FREE to teachers.Thank YOU for everything YOU do for the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square!

zoo camp at amphitheater

Click here to DONATE today and help make this #GivingZOOday extra special!

 Our goal is to reach 100 donors! Will you help us making #GivingZOOday a success?



Click HERE to order your Brick or Bench Today! 

Engraved Bricks 

The Zoo Brick Project began in 1998 as an ongoing fundraising effort to support the Zoo. Each brick is engraved with a custom inscription of the purchaser’s choice. The bricks are placed along the walkway and plaza encompassing the River Otter exhibit, Train Depot, Alligator exhibit, and Carousel Corner. Bricks are priced at the following ranges: $40 or $250.

Inscription Information

Please follow the inscription specifications

• Only alphanumeric numbers and letters. All letters will be capitalized.

• Punctuation and blank spaces are counted as characters

• Inscriptions on this form will be automatically centered on the brick

The example below illustrates an inscription for a 4” x 9” brick. The inscription area is up to 3 lines, 12 characters per line. Small bricks are $40 each.

I N   H O N O R   O F  
  J O H N   S M I T H  

The example below illustrates an inscription for a 9" x 9" brick.  The inscription area is up to 5 lines, 13 characters per line. Large bricks are $250 each.

  I N   H O N O R   O F   
           J O H N        
        S M I T H        

You will receive an acknowledgement letter and you will be notified once your brick has been completed. Please allow 2-4 months for completion of benches and bricks. Orders received between late summer and early spring may not be placed until the Zoo reopens.

Please keep in mind that additional bricks ordered at the same time may be placed near or adjacent to each other in the walkway, should space allow. Due to the overwhelming response, we are unable to honor any special placement requests. The Saginaw Valley Zoological Society reserves the right to refuse any submission it deems unsuitable for the purposes described in this offer.

Please note: The zoo reserves the right to relocate any tribute to an adjacent area, if the zoo determines such relocation is required. All plaques ordered have a line and character limit.



Benches are available at various locations throughout the park. Bench plaques may be personalized and inscribed with brief text before being affixed to the bench. The zoo pledges to display the plaques on the bench for no less than 15 years from the time of installation. At the end of this time, the donor will have the opportunity to renew this recognition with an additional gift at the prevailing gift amount. Bench tributes are priced at $1,500.



Winfield Comfort Bench  

• Black color

• Contoured seat

• Durable & maintenance free, portable

• Thermoplastic-coated, expanded with powder coated, galvanized steel legs 

Engraved Plaque

• Heavy cast bronze

• 8 inches long by x 2 inches high

• 3 lines of text, 18 characters per line

Please note bench will be black in color.

You will receive an acknowledgement letter and you will be notified once your bench has been completed.


For more information on Children’s Zoo at Celebration Bricks and Benches, please call (989) 759-1408 or email us. 


Click HERE to order your Brick or Bench Today! 

Cathartes auraSammy


  • Cathartidae

Common Name

  • Turkey Vulture


  • Oldest known specimen: 20.8 years
  • Average Wild Lifespan: 10-17 years


  • Length: 25-32 inches
  • Wingspan: 67-72 inches
  • Weight: 2-4.5 pounds


  • Ranging from the Southern border of Canada all the way to the Southern-most tip of South America.


  • Open and forested areas.
  • Turkey Vultures are well adapted to living in any environment with a supply of carrion.


  • Fresh carrion of small animals is preferred, but they will also eat larger animals that have decayed longer, rotten fruits and vegetables, and domestic animal dung


  • Yearly breeding season between March and June in North America
  • 1-3 eggs per season
  • 30-40 days incubation for an egg to hatch
  • 70-80 days before young are fledgling
  • 80-90 days to independent offspring

Interesting Facts

  • Turkey Vultures are one of very few birds that rely on their sense of smell to locate food.
  • Because of their keen sense of smell, Black Vultures, another species of vulture, will follow Turkey Vultures around to steal food from them.
  • Based on their wing surface to weight ratio Turkery Vultures have light wing loading. This makes them more buoyant in air meaning they can use thermals more effectively while using less energy to stay adrift in air longer than other birds.

Conservation Status

  • CITES – Not Listed
  • IUCN –Least Concern


  1. AnAge: The Animal Aging and Longevity Database. Accessed September 2016.
  2. Animal Diversity Web. Turkey Vultures. Accessed September 2016
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed September 2016.
  4. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed September 2016.

**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.