Special Wildlife Projects

There are many ways you can donate to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. From contributions to specific funds, to participation in programs that offer special benefits for donors, there are many wild opportunities to show how much you care about conservation and education. Browse through the programs below to find the opportunity that is right for you. For more information about any of the programs below, please call 412-365-2541 or email donate@pittsburghzoo.org.

If you would like to make a general donation to the Zoo, please click the button below:


  • Annual Appeal
    • Wildlife Matters Campaign

      Saving threatened and endangered species and promoting wildlife conservation of over 800 species and more than 6,000 individual animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a major undertaking, but watching them grow, thrive, breed and ensuring their survival into the future is priceless. You are a partner in this effort. Your support makes a difference. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

      To make a donation in support of the Wildlife Matters appeal, please click the following button:

  • Adopt an Animal
    • ZooAdoptLogo_Green_150px Updated Benefits for 2015!

      The Adopt an Animal program lets you play an important and direct role in promoting the well-being of your favorite Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium residents. Your gift helps provide for the care, feeding, and enrichment of Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium animals while supporting the Zoo’s commitment to wildlife conservation, both locally and around the world.

      All animal species at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are available for adoption, and there are many benefits associated with your generous gift (click here to see a complete list). The name of the adopter will be posted on the Adopt an Animal page on the Zoo's website (listed on a month-to-month basis) and on the Adopt an Animal board located on Zoo grounds (next to the Safari Gift shop, updated each spring). All levels of adoption packages also include a personalized adoption certificate, a magnet, monthly Z-mail updates, a photo fact sheet when adopting Featured Creatures, and an issue of our Zoo Insider newsletter.

      All adoptions are valid for a one-year period and may be renewed annually. All adopted animals may have multiple adoptive donors, and no ownership rights are conferred by adopting an animal. All adopted animals remain in the care and custody of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, but we hope you will visit often!

      You have two methods you can choose to adopt your Zoo animal. Download, complete, and send-in the mail-in adoption application or by donating online by clicking here. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your adoption package to arrive.

      For additional information or questions, please call 412-365-2503 or email adopt@pittsburghzoo.org.

      Thank you to our January 2015 Animal Adopters!

      Ashley Platt Edward Garbade Frank & Jane Snyder Heather Kosmann

      In loving memory of Wallace King III 

      Jocelyn Barr Kayla A. Singley Madison Katherine Eskew
      Mary Sprajcar Morgan Pastorik Sean Bright Sophia & Laney deGuzman Sophia Geason Sophie Miller TJ Michael  
  • Honorary & Memorial Gifts
    • honoraryGiving in honor or in memory of a loved one is a lasting way to show you care. When you make an honorary or memorial donation, we will send the individual being recognized or their family an acknowledgement of your gift, as well as a thank-you letter to you to show our appreciation of your generosity.

      To make a donation in honor of an individual, please click the following button:

      To make a donation in memory of an individual, please click the following button:

  • International Conservation Center
    • Elephant at ICCLocated on over 700 acres of pristine woods, forested land, and secluded rolling hill country in rural Somerset, PA, the International Conservation Center (ICC) is North America’s premier facility for African elephant conservation, education, breeding, training, and research. Operated under the umbrella of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, it is the first such facility of its kind run by an AZA-accredited Zoo. It is a facility that provides the greatest hope for the future of the African elephant and other endangered species.

      What is still critically needed is a central breeding and rearing maternal health center or an elephant cow/calf barn. This new maternal health center will be designed to facilitate birthing, rearing, training, exercise, and research of the species involved. Contributions to the ICC help support this new center, provide care for the animals who live at the ICC, and fund research.

      To donate to the ICC, please click the following button:

  • United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
    • Education ProgramsUnited Way:
      Please consider the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's Head Start education programs, number 223611, for your United Way Contribution. Your gift supports Zoo educational programs that provide low-income, at-risk children with unique hands-on science education. The children enjoy Zoo visits and animal encounters that teach life sciences, raise conservation awareness, and enhance school readiness.

      Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):
      Federal Employees can support the Zoo through the CFC. A small monthly pledge can make a major impact. For more information on the CFC or to make your pledge, please visit the CFC website 3riverscfc.org. To designate the Zoo as the recipient of your generous gift, enter the Charity Code 65350. 

  • Sea Turtle Second Chance Fund
    • turtleThe Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has partnered with aquariums in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick, injured, or otherwise imperiled sea turtles. Our Zoo takes in turtles who need long-term rehabilitation which frees up space at the coastal institutions so that they can treat turtles who need short-term rehabilitation. Contributions to the Sea Turtle Second Chance Fund allow more turtles to be helped and returned to their home in the ocean, giving them a second chance.

      To donate to the Zoo's Sea Turtle Second Chance Program, please click the button below:

  • Coral Conservation Fund
    • coralCoral only exists in about two percent of the world’s aquatic habitats, but it is home to over 25 percent of all aquatic life. Alarmingly, it is disappearing very quickly and some scientists predict that all coral could be gone in as soon as 50 years. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is actively involved in coral conservation efforts both at the Zoo and around the world. Every year, aquarists perform outreach projects. Some coral has been brought back to the Zoo to be studied, and the veterinary and aquarist teams have even found cures for certain ailments for coral. Please consider a donation to support the Zoo’s efforts to conserve this vitally important animal.

      To donate to the Zoo's coral conservation efforts, please click the following button:
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Credit Card
    • creditcardThe Somerset Trust Company is now offering a Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium credit card. A percentage of every purchase made with the card is donated back to the Zoo.  To learn more, or to sign up for a card and make every purchase count, visit pittsburghzoocard.com.