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   San Diego Zoo Wish List
   P.O. Box 120551
   San Diego, CA 92112
   619-557-3914    
 
 

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All funds from our Wish List program help support the purchase of enriching items such as toys and treats for all species at the Zoo and Safari Park, as well as needed hospital equipment, and you can even help sponsor one of our current conservation projects!

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Click here for more information about A grand occasion for celebrations--100 years young!

A grand occasion for celebrations--100 years young!
October 2, 2016 is the San Diego Zoo's official birthday, so we are making our last Centennial Birthday Bash the biggest party of all! Our keepers are always looking for a reason to party--and what better reason than to celebrate the animals! Many fun activities are scheduled, including the chance to meet animal ambassadors and costumed characters, photo opportunities, a special presentation with San Diego Children's Choir, our centennial puppets, and a larger-than-life birthday cake. Also our awesome keepers--wearing their own Centennial party hats!--will be placing the new items received from the Wish List on exhibit for the animals to enjoy and for all to see. Your gift of $9 will help support the enrichment needs for all of our animals at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park!

$9.00   

Click here for more information about Does someone need a mess cleaned up?

Does someone need a mess cleaned up?
Vultures don't get much love but they play a vital role in the environment as the all-important cleanup crew! Ruppell's vulture is the highest-flying bird ever recorded--reaching heights of 37,000 feet--but even at that altitude extinction still looms, so we are doing our part to protect this species through breeding and husbandry efforts. Keepers cater to the birds' natural instinct to tidy up messes and to pick at things (especially shiny things!) by presenting their food in novel ways that spark their curiosity. Your gift of $5 will go toward enrichment--such as fascinating food containers--for the vultures and other feathered and furry animals at the Zoo and the Safari Park!

$5.00   

Click here for more information about I spy with my little eye... an aye-aye!

I spy with my little eye... an aye-aye!
Aye-ayes live only on the island of Madagascar, are the largest of the nocturnal primates, and some say have a face only a mother (or their keeper) could love! This endangered lemur uses its most distinguishing feature--a thin, elongated middle finger--to tap on tree trunks and branches while listening for grubs with its large, rounded ears close to hollows of dead or decaying wood. Keepers like to hide mealworms in nooks and crannies and other fun places to "trick" these animals to search for these yummy "treats." Your gift of $10 will go toward enrichment items that are fun to tap on by an aye-aye and their friends at the Zoo and the Safari Park!

$10.00   

Click here for more information about What Does "Endangered" Mean, Mom?

What Does "Endangered" Mean, Mom?
Our tiger cub trio doesn't know that their species is critically endangered, they just want to play! Under the watchful eye of their mom, Joanne, her three Sumatran tiger cubs--Cathy, Debbie and Nelson--enjoy practising their natural behaviors: running, jumping, and climbing trees. Also, through their sophisticated sense of smell, they are gaining awareness of their surroundings--all things that tigers need to survive in the wild. Their daily adventures get extra fun when keepers sprinkle herbs, spices, and scents about their habitat! Your gift of $15 will go toward scents and scent dispensers for our tigers and their many friends at the Zoo and the Safari Park!

$15.00   

Click here for more information about A Tribute to our Precious Pangolin

A Tribute to our Precious Pangolin
Looking a bit like a walking artichoke, this "night owl" whose name sounds like "penguin" could go extinct before most people realize it even exists! Pangolins are one the world's most trafficked species, and for years we have been caring for one of the illegal wildlife trade survivors. Our male small-scaled pangolin was brought to us in desperate need of medical care, and with the combined efforts of our amazing veterinary teams, Baba recovered and thrived for many years as an ambassador of this little-known species. Sadly, we recently lost our sweet Baba and our hospital and animal care staff are feeling the loss. Your gift of $20 will help fund the many items used by our aanimal care teams to continue to provide the best care for our animals at the Zoo and Safari Park veterinary hospitals.

$20.00   

Click here for more information about Sit. Stay. Click. Wow!

Sit. Stay. Click. Wow!
The Anegada ground iguana, native to Anegada Island in the British Virgin Islands, is a critically endangered species with an estimated population of just 200 individuals remaining in the wild. Asking our resident celebrity, Gus, to come and stand still on a scale may seem a simple task, but it is one of the important tools that helps our veterinary team gather information about him--like monitoring his weight and length as it relates to age--and ultimately learn more about his special species. Your gift of $30 will go toward clickers, scales, and much, much more for the Zoo and Safari Park veterinary hospitals!

$30.00   

Click here for more information about Hey! Did You See That?

Hey! Did You See That?
Scary fact: Panamanian golden frogs no longer exist in the wild. Fun fact: Panamanian golden frogs are weird--awesomely weird--because of their amazing way to communicate! These frogs attract attention by lifting an arm in what looks like a waving motion--flagging down potential mates (I'm over here!), as well as claiming territory (Mine!) or simply greeting other frogs (How's it going?). Our keepers sometimes set up cameras to document this and many other fascinating behaviors--and they need your help. Your gift of $40 could provide much-needed time-lapse cameras as well as other useful gadgets and electronics for our keepers at the Zoo and the Safari Park!

$40.00   

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