We often hear it said that television is now the main medium for teaching children about wildlife. It is not difficult to argue with this proposition, but it cannot compete with getting closer to the real thing.

A visit to the zoo creates a lasting impression. Who could forget a Red Panda baby pouncing on her Mom as she walks past, or the way a prairie dog wriggles its nose while it chews, or the playfulness of a pair of otters? A face-to-face encounter with a Nubian Goat is unlike anything that television could ever offer. Only by getting up close do you realize just how large an elephant is, just how agile monkeys are, just how colorful the parrots are. There is something about a solid, three-dimensional living, moving animal, with all its smells and sounds that imprint upon the mind. For children, the distinction is even more emphatic. Something about the experience that children have when they see a live animal, in the wild or a zoo, cannot be replaced by other teaching aids. This is the key to the powerful educational potential of good zoos.

When you teach a child to be kind to animals, you help pave the way to a brighter future for all living beings. Animals benefit because the next generation has learned to treat them with respect and compassion, reducing instances of animal cruelty. Children benefit because learning about compassion and empathy early in life builds moral character, reduces violence, and builds a sense of empowerment and responsibility. And society as a whole benefits when its members are more caring towards each other and the animals who live among us.

Thank you for your interest in helping support the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo.


The Valley Zoo Development Society’s Adopt an Exhibit Program inspires the community to improve and enrich the lives of the animals in the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s care. This important program provides vital funding for improved habitats and enrichment materials. With opportunities ranging from $500 to $10,000, adopting an exhibit is easy and can be done as an individual, as a gift, in memory of a loved one, or as a business. Adopting an exhibit allows you, or your business, to become a catalyst in our community, and encourages all patrons to also become strong stewards for animal welfare and environmental conservation.

We’d Like to Thank Our Current Adopt an Exhibit Supporters:

AMUR TIGER — Sherrick Management
BALD EAGLE — Kevin & Ellen Jennings
CANADIAN LYNX — Oilers Entertainment Group
CAPYBARA — Triple C Condo Cleaning
EMERALD TREE BOA — In honour of Luke Shouldice who loves the bubble and the Emerald Tree Boa
FUR SEAL — Colleen, Jayme and Dave Fath
GIBBON — Jenn Brown
GOLDEN LION TAMARIN — Jesse & Zander Zasiedko
GREVY’S ZEBRA — Edmonton Strathcona Rotary Club
HARBOUR SEAL — Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

RED PANDA 1 — Monica & Marvin Zeniuk
RED PANDA 2 — Frederick & Company Ltd.
RIVER OTTER — In Memory of Mariette Mollot, kind friend to all animals.
SERVAL CAT — Michael, Brenda and Joseph Lipovski
SLENDER-TAILED MEERKAT — In Memory of My Grandfather James DiCicco
SNOW LEOPARD — Driving Force
SNOWY OWL — In Honour of Sydney Shouldice who Loves Snowy Owls
SQUIRREL MONKEY — In Loving Memory of Kimberly Jasinski
TWO-TOED SLOTH — Vollmer Family
MONGOOSE LEMUR — Rogers Communications Canada Inc.

  • Exhibit Adoption Plans: CuteandCozy

    “Cute & Cozy” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plans: Reptiles

    “Reptiles/ Amphibians” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plans: FeatheredFriends

    “Feathered Friends” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plans: FunandFurry

    “Fun & Furry” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plan: Small Carnivores

    “Small Carnivore” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plan: UndulatesHoofstock

    “Ungulates/ Hoofstock” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plan: UndulatesHoofstock

    “Urban Farm” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption Plans: Large Carnivores

    “Large Carnivore” Plan

  • Exhibit Adoption: Lucy the Elephant

    “Lucy” the Elephant Plan



As a business or foundation, when you make a charitable gift to the Valley Zoo Development Society, you’re doing more than just making a donation – you’re engaging your members/employees, customers, suppliers and business partners.  You will position you organization as a leader in our community and one that is passionate about education and conservation.

There are many advantages to making a multi-year commitment to the Valley Zoo Development Society, including, but certainly not limited to, receiving full recognition and benefits for your entire gift at the time of pledge, not just when the cheque is sent (i.e. naming opportunity, press release, etc.)

Our Fund Development Team would be honoured to sit down with you to discuss the significant impact that your gift will make not only the physical transformation of our zoo, but in the educational and environmental programs our zoo will be able to deliver.

Please contact donate@buildingourzoo.com to book a meeting to discuss your pledge today!


Becoming a monthly donor is a quick and convenient way to help transform the Edmonton Valley Zoo into a world-class facility and help position the zoo as a leader in the fields of education and conservation.

Your monthly gift will help create a vibrant new zoo with improved habitats, better opportunities for guests to closely interact with animals, and state-of-the-art research and education facilities.

Sign up today or contact donate@buildingourzoo.com for more information and the impact that your monthly gift will make.



Our Zoobuilder Program is an exciting way to support the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo, volunteer at the zoo, and to get up-close-and-personal with some of your favourite animals.

We have two different programs available: one for individuals and one for corporations. Please refer to the tabs below for more information on each program.


When you make a donation through the ZooBuilder Program, you are directly supporting the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Your generosity not only helps improve the homes of the wonderful animals at the zoo but it ensures that future generations of families will be able to enjoy the zoo as well.


DONATION OF $49 to $249

Become a “Friend of the Zoo” by making a donation of $49.00 to $249.00!

*As a thank you for donating an amount between $49.00 and $249.00 you’ll receive an official tax receipt for the full amount of your donation.


DONATION OF $250 to $499

By choosing to donate an amount between $250.00 and $499.00, the VZDS will show our thanks by arranging for you to bring the whole family to the zoo for a day OR, if you’d prefer, we can arrange for you to discover the fascinating facts about one of our animals during a private behind the scenes animal encounter** led by one of our zookeepers!

Please Note:

** Maximum 2 people/2 hours. Excluding Lucy the Asian Elephant. When you donate $250.00 through the ZooBuilder 1-2 Person Encounter, you will receive a tax receipt in the amount of $165.00/ 1 Person OR $150.00/ 2 Persons. Increased donation amounts will be reflected in tax receipt totals.


DONATION OF $500 to $1,499

By choosing to donate an amount between $500.00 and $1,499.00, the VZDS will show our thanks by hosting you and your guests** for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Edmonton Valley Zoo – including an animal encounter led by one of our zookeepers!

Please Note:

** Maximum 4 people/2 hours. When you donate $500.00 through the ZooBuilder 3-4 Person Encounter, you will receive a tax receipt in the amount of $385.00/ 3 Person OR $370.00/ 4 Persons. Increased donation amounts will be reflected in tax receipt totals.


DONATION OF $1,500 to $2,500

By choosing to donate an amount between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 the VZDS will show our thanks by arranging for you to become a Zookeeper for a Day, at which time you’ll get to make all the regular rounds with an official Valley Zoo Zookeeper!** You’ll also receive 2 tickets to the event of your choice- ZooFest or Festival of Light!

Please Note:

 ** Lunch Included. When you donate $1,500.00 through the ZooBuilder Zookeeper for a Day Encounter, you will receive a tax receipt in the amount of $1,300.00. A Lucy Experience will receive a $1,000.00 tax receipt. Increased donation amounts will be reflected in tax receipt totals.

Choose your Individual ZooBuilder Donation Package below.

Please contact donate@buildingourzoo.com for more information.


Is your organization looking for a unique way to give back to the community? Look no further than the Edmonton Valley Zoo! Consider joining us for a day of volunteering at one of Edmonton’s most precious gems.

Your group will be outfitted with steel toed boots and work gloves – although we appreciate if you can bring your own. You will receive a volunteer and OHS safety orientation, a dedicated zoo staff supervisor for every 10 individuals along with a special encounter with a resident animal.

Due to the cost of hosting volunteer groups, essentially the need for additional staff and resources to host the volunteers, we respectfully request that a donation is made to the zoo to help offset those costs. We will ensure your employees have a safe, productive and enjoyable day of volunteering!

Groups Up To 10 People: $250
Groups Up To 20 People: $500
Groups Up To 30 People: $750
Groups of 40 + People: $1000


Add $10 per person to your base donation.


You’ve worked hard all morning and learned so much, you might as well showcase your efforts to your family and friends. Add a $10 donation to your base donation for each guest and enjoy the zoo afterwards.


If your company has a day of giving, or community volunteer day, allow the Edmonton Valley Zoo to make the most out of your efforts. After your volunteer day is complete, consider hosting all of your volunteer groups at the zoo for a celebration. Renting the zoo for the evening, or just one of our beautiful new rooms in the EdVenture Lodge are great ways to end your day of giving activities. For more information contact the society about organizing an evening celebration on site.

Please contact donate@buildingourzoo.com for more information and/or to book your day of volunteering today.

  • Zoo Builder Program

    ZooBuilder 4 Person Encounter

  • Zoo Builder Program

    Friend of the Zoo

  • Zoo Builder Program

    ZooBuilder 2 Person Encounter



The Edmonton Valley Zoo has been the scene of many fond memories for countless families and many generations. Now, you can give these memories permanent recognition, and help support the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo, by having your name or the name of a loved one, engraved on a leave on our Eterni-tree.

The “Leaf-a-Legacy” program is the cornerstone of our Public Capital Campaign and a funding source for Nature’s Wild Backyard – the newest phase of development at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. By purchasing a leaf, you help guarantee that future generations will be able to visit “Nature’s Wild Backyard” and see your commitment to helping build, not only our zoo but our community.

The Eterni-tree and the “Leaf a Legacy” program is our creative equivalent to many organizations “buy a brick” or “name on a wall” fundraisers.

The tree is made from wrought iron with stainless steel leaves. Each tree has 400 leaves, which are available to the public for a $1,000 donation. We currently have one tree on site. Our goal is to have five of these beautiful trees located throughout the property, for a fundraising total of $2 million dollars.

Donation options for a leaf include:

$30 a month for 36 months (3 years)
$45 a month for 24 months (2 years)
$90 a month for 12 months (1 year)
$1,000 one time payment

Thank you for “leaf-ing” a lasting legacy and helping support the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

  • Eterna-Tree Leaf a Legacy

    “Leaf” a Legacy



It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children’s future and the planet!