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The Henry Vilas Zoo has many ways to publicly recognize charitable giving in support of the zoo. If you would like to honor a friend, memorialize a loved one, or show your or your company's support of the zoo, please consider one of the zoo's naming opportunities or a general honorary gift recognized by a card sent to the recipient of your choice.

Naming Opportunities at the Zoo

Naming a feature on the grounds of the Henry Vilas Zoo allows us to recognize you for your contribution to the zoo, in a special way that can be seen and visited here at the zoo. Naming opportunities also can also be used to honor a loved one in our special setting by creating a lasting public tribute.

Inscriptions are personalized to your specifications and your donation is a fully tax-deductible contribution to Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation assists The Henry Vilas Zoo in its mission to be committed to conservation, preservation of the species, and teaching: locally, nationally & internationally. Naming opportunities are available for donations of $500 or more and include:

  • Honorary Bench
  • Carousel Tiles
  • Giraffe Wall of Honor
  • Viewing Areas
  • Capital Campaign Naming Opportunities (when available)

For more information about specific naming opportunities, please contact Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo:

Friends of the Zoo
606 S. Randall Ave.
Madison, WI 53715-1665
(608) 258-9490
FAX: (608) 258-1490

Other Memorials or Honorary Gifts

To make a donation to the zoo of less than $500 in honor of a loved one, please use our secure online giving page, call us at (608)258-9490 or mail a check to Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo at the address above with a note specifying that it is a memorial gift.  For donations of $25 or more, we are happy to send a card notifying the person of your choice of your gift along with a gift message (donation amount will not be listed).