The organization that manages the Elmwood Park Zoo, the Norristown Zoological Society (NZS), became a non-profit entity in 1985. In the decades that have followed, NZS has supported wildlife and environmental conservation by funding new exhibits and educational programs, while taking an active role in a number of species preservation projects that take place all over the globe. The NZS mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation. It does this in part by securing the funding that allows the Elmwood Park Zoo to continue its programs and projects. The zoo seeks to partner with individuals, businesses and organizations that value its role as an educational and cultural institution. It is only with their financial support that the Elmwood Park Zoo can remain the community asset that it has been for close to 100 years.



When you become a “ZooParent,” you donate to the direct care and feeding of select animals in the zoo’s collection. ZooParents provide the funds for the zoo to purchase special toys and treats for their animals to enjoy. Your donation helps to pay for the considerable amount of food – anything from crickets to bales of hay – that the zoo’s animals like to eat. 


Your planned gift is foremost a legacy; an expression of your passion, belief, and commitment to the future of Elmwood Park Zoo. Leaving a gift to the zoo is the best way to affirm your connection to the institution for years to come.



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