What is GivingZOOday?
The most generous day of the year is Tuesday, November 29th. After giving thanks, eating and shopping the sales, Giving Tuesday is a time to give back to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Here at the Zoo, we celebrate #GivingZooDay as conservation organizations like ours around the country call on supporters to help us save species from extinction – supporters like you!
DOUBLE DOLLARS FOR WILDLIFE
This #GivingZooDay, your gift goes twice as far thanks to a generous Maryland Zoo donor match. This match is only available from 8am to 8pm on November 29th.
What does my donation support?
Anna is an African Elephant, one of four in our herd. Sadly, the largest animals on land are in big trouble. 96 elephants just like Anna are killed every day in the wild. The Zoo is committed to saving elephants from extinction through education and research programs, as well as partnerships with national and international elephant conservation initiatives. Supporting the Zoo this #GivingZooDay is supporting elephants, too.
A tiny golden frog is as important to the country of Panama as the bald eagle is to Americans. Seeing a Panamanian golden frog outside of a zoo, however, is likely impossible. The Maryland Zoo houses more golden frogs than any other place in the world as we work to save this likely extinct species and eventually reintroduce them back into their native habitat.
Everyone loves a penguin’s waddles and hops, but not everyone realizes African penguins are an endangered species. The Zoo’s new Penguin Coast exhibit is home to the largest breeding colony of these penguins in North America. Penguins like Hulk, here, act as ambassadors for their species while behind-the-scenes the Zoo’s conservation team is working with partners in South Africa to save his wild cousins from their predicted extinction in 25-50 years.
Stubby…you might mistake him for a rock when he’s laying down, but he’s a real rock star as far as we’re concerned. The myth that rhino horns have medicinal values has lead Southern white rhinos to become endangered. Stubby is here to dispell those myths and help the Zoo work towards ending the poaching of these powerful and peaceful creatures.
How can I do more?
Making a gift is the most important contribution you can make on #GivingZooDay, but there are other ways to help too…spread the word! Everyone loves animals, so tell your friends about the conservation work the Zoo is doing and encourage them to give today. One easy way to do this is sharing the Zoo’s #GivingZooday posts on Facebook.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and relies in part on donations to operate. Please click the button above to make a fast, secure credit card donation to the Zoo. Your contribution is also fully tax-deductible.