Grant Program

Support a program by making a grant

Founded in 1910, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee began with a mission to support the Milwaukee County Zoo, educate the public about wildlife, and conserve endangered species. This mission is met through help of corporations, foundations, and individuals who make philanthropic grants to our essential conservation and education programs. Those major donors who make a gift of $2,500 or more are awarded with a Serengeti Circle membership.

Support a Conservation Program


An important part of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM's) mission is to conserve wildlife in their habitat. Currently, the ZSM has created or assisted several conservation programs that study the declining populations of migratory birds, to the rare bonobo apes to determine exactly what causes their decline. These programs are essential to supporting the survival of these creatures in their habitat.

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Support an Education Program


Since 1976, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM's) Education Department has provided educational programs to teachers and school children throughout Wisconsin to serve the need for environmental education. Because environmental health is an important and relevant issue for every individual in our community, the ZSM strives to offers its programs to audiences of every socioeconomic class and in multiple geographic locations. The ZSM needs the support of foundations, corporations and individuals to offer its valuable community-outreach programs to over 300,000 people every year.

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Serengeti Circle Membership

Serengeti Circle

With a philanthropic gift of $2,500 or more, you, your corporation or foundation is eligible for Serengeti Circle membership. Your benefits as a member of the Serengeti Circle include:

  • Name recognition for one year on a sponsor-recognition signage in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.
  • Invitation to spring VIP Premiere
  • Invitation to fall You & The Zoo recognition dinner
Click here to learn more about a Corporate V.I.P Membership