How to Support Local Ohio Zoos
By Maggie Butler

How to Support Local Ohio Zoos

We're not lion, these zoos are great!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Visitors are vital to the success of any zoo. Now that all zoos are temporarily closed in Ohio, many are asking for your help so they can continue taking care of their animals and employees. Here are ways that you can support your local zoos from the safety of your own home!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium + The Wilds

Consider donating to the Animal Care Fund for both the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds, which allows for veterinary and nutritional care of the zoo’s 10,000 animals and the Wild’s 500 animals. Another way to support the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds is to purchase or renew your zoo membership and Wilds membership.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Donations to the Emergency Operating Fund allow the Cincinnati Zoo to assist both their animals and team members. You can also purchase or renew your membership and buy Fiona the Hippo themed items from the zoo’s gift shop.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Purchase or renew your membership to help support the Cleveland Zoo. In the meantime, study up on the animals with the zoo’s educational resources and tune into the zoo’s virtual classroom on Facebook.

Akron Zoo

There are multiple ways you can help support the Akron Zoo, including donating to their many programs, like the Animal Fund, Conservation Fund and Roar Capital Fund. Additionally, you can purchase a “Care for a Critter” package which helps the zoo provide food, medical care, habitat maintenance and conservation programs for one year. Every sponsorship package includes a personalized certificate of sponsorship, animal fact sheet and a color photo. And don’t forget to renew or purchase your membership!

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

The Toledo Zoo is currently closed and undergoing comprehensive cleaning and sanitation to ensure the health and well-being of the animals, staff and guests. But there are still plenty of ways to support the zoo now. Donate to the various programs, such as the Legacy Program and Capital Campaign. You can also give a gift to the zoo in honor of a loved one or become a Zoo PAL. This direct sponsorship goes directly to the diet, enrichment and health of your chosen animal. The zoo also offers home cooked, chef-curated meals available for order online through its Meals-on-the-Go program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While checking out all of these resources, don’t forget to renew, purchase or upgrade your membership!

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About the Author

Maggie is the Public Relations Intern for TourismOhio, where she assists with blog content, creation and editing and works closely with the public relations and marketing staff. She is a junior at The Ohio State University where she studies Strategic Communications and Spanish. Born and raised in Columbus, Maggie is a lifelong Columbus Blue Jackets fan and is always willing to give you her favorite restaurant recommendations around the city.