Annual Fund

A special fund to assist with the areas of greatest need within the Zoo and Garden.

Over the past 43 years, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has provided the highest quality care to over 22,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and connected more than 31 million guests to wildlife and wild places—underscoring the tremendous value of the Riverbanks experience. The Zoo could not have accomplished such an outstanding track record without the personal support of our members and donors.

Thanks to you, Riverbanks achieved many important milestones this year in its efforts to save species, including 301 successful births and hatchings. A number of these are especially noteworthy: 2 black-footed cats (vulnerable), 3 rockhopper penguins (endangered), 2 Sulawesi forest turtles and 26 Panamanian golden frogs (both critically endangered). Successes like these help ensure that our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to observe and enjoy these rare and magnificent animals for years to come.

Of course our efforts will not stop here. Riverbanks recently bid a fond farewell to longtime director, Satch Krantz. There is no doubt that he will be missed. Yet, with your continued support and that of our community, the future remains bright at Riverbanks.

Under the leadership of our new CEO, Thomas K. Stringfellow, Riverbanks will continue to provide the highest standards of care for the animals, under our protection and an excellent experience for all our members and guests. And, the Zoo will continue to be involved in local, regional and international efforts to help save animals from extinction.

As this crucial work continues, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Riverbanks.

Your year-end gift will help us carry on the legacy of Satch Krantz: for Riverbanks to be a place of wonderment for all ages—a place where our kids can get outdoors to connect with nature and a travel destination that continues to attract and engage visitors, strengthen our local economy and enhance our quality of life. 

Your contribution of any amount, above and beyond your membership, is much-needed and sincerely appreciated. Please, consider giving what you can. Your gift of any amount is an important investment in the animals, our children and our community.

Double your contribution with a matching gift from your employer! Check with your human resource administrator for eligibility and details.

Thank you for your support of Riverbanks.

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Matching Gifts
Make this donation a tribute:

Your 100% tax-deductible gift will help us maintain your world-class zoo.

  • $100 could feed a river otter for 3 months.
  • $275 can feed the sea lions and seal for 2 days.
  • $500 may help purchase upgrades for the Zoo's aging classrooms.
  • $1,000 may help build a facility to house animals for educational outreach programs.
  • Of course, a gift of any amount is urgently needed and sincerely appreciated.

About Riverbanks Society

Established in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens, Riverbanks Society started out with a base of 200 members and has grown far beyond expectations with more than 40,000 member households representing over 190,000 individuals, making it one of the largest nonprofit zoo societies per capita in the United States. Members and donors provide important resources for the research, education and conservation efforts of the Zoo and Garden, strengthening Riverbanks’ position as a world-class zoo and leader in wildlife conservation.

Wild adventures begin with Riverbanks membership! Learn more.