Annual Fund

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

In April, your Zoo celebrated its 40th anniversary—four decades devoted to connecting our community with the world’s wildlife and wild places. Once again more than 30,000 loyal household members and over one million guests demonstrated their support, underscoring the tremendous value of the Riverbanks experience. And to top it off, an exciting major expansion at your Zoo is now well underway.

In the coming months, you can look forward to a new home for grizzly bears Butch and Sundance with river otters frolicking in the foreground, a larger main entrance to better accommodate our members and guests, delighted kids exploring tree houses and splashing about in the water-play area of a new children’s garden, and fantastic underwater views of seals and sea lions as they swim and dive in an incredible reproduction of San Francisco’s Pier 39. The first of these exciting new exhibits is set to open in early summer 2015.

Riverbanks continues to rely on annual membership dues and guest admission fees to provide a high quality day-to-day experience. Yet, with all the excitement surrounding the expansion, we cannot forget the importance of private giving, which remains absolutely essential to addressing the areas of greatest need and fulfilling our mission-driven efforts.

Your Zoo achieved many other important milestones this year, such as the births of a koala joey and two fishing cat kittens, as well as the hatchings of rockhopper penguins, American flamingos, Grand Cayman iguanas, and many other lesser-known endangered species. 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.

In addition, our talented staff participated in important work outside of the Zoo to protect wildlife and wild places for future generations. These valuable efforts were made possible by—and cannot continue without—the generous support of our members and donors.

Consider the importance of your Zoo as a leader in conservation, recreation and education.

With a strong show of support from our community, Riverbanks promises to remain a place of wonderment for all ages—a place where our kids can get outdoors to connect with nature, and a destination that continues to engage visitors and strengthen our local economy.

Please show you care for your Zoo and contribute to Riverbanks online today.

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

Thank you for your commitment to one of our community’s most valuable resources.

Your tax-deductible donation will assist the areas of greatest need.

  • $100 may help provide essential upgrades to our education classrooms.
  • $200 could help feed one of our 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals.
  • $500 or more may help purchase an ultrasound unit that will provide state-of-the-art animal care.
  • Of course, a gift of any amount is urgently needed and sincerely appreciated.

Your gift can help feed the animals at Riverbanks!

  • $25 could feed breakfast to a koala.
  • $50 may feed a giraffe for a week.
  • $100 could feed a gorilla for two weeks.
  • $500 might feed a penguin for a year.
  • $1,000 could feed a tiger this winter.

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 30,000 member households representing 140,000 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.

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It is the mission of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to foster appreciation and concern for all living things. Riverbanks Society is the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the needs of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.
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