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Thanks to the generous support of individuals and businesses, the Great Plains Zoo continues to offer exciting new exhibits, quality educational programs, and an unparalleled setting for recreation and discovery.  

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Can I Help in Other Ways?

Amazon Smile: 
If you shop online, you can support Great Plains Zoo through AmazonSmile by linking to your regular Amazon account! 

When you shop AmazonSmile and select the Zoological Society of Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoo & Museum as your charity, a portion of the eligible purchase price will be donated to support conservation and education programs at the zoo. 


Amazon Wish List: 
Give a gift to the animals! Visit the zoo's Amazon Wish List to find items regularly used by our Animal Care team! 

Amazon Wish List

Other Ways to Support:

Zoo for All

The Zoo for All program has already accommodated almost $13,000 in free ticket requests this year - but our fund is dry. Can you help revive our wellspring of generosity for those kids who need it the most?

Will you consider making a donation to Zoo for All? Your gift will knock down barriers and help children experience everything the Zoo has to offer.

$2,500 supports our free, weekly "Bookworms" Reading Program for a year.

$1,000 gives free Zoo admission to 23 families of four.

$250 supports six families of four to come visit the Zoo.

$50 connects a family of five to an amazing Zoo experience.

Donate to Zoo For All

Corporate Sponsorship

As a corporate sponsor, your support helps support the Zoo while also showing a commitment to education, conservation, recreation and discovery, and quality of life in the community we call home. Your sponsorship helps us engage more than 240,000 annual visitors, educate 40,000 area children, care for hundreds of animals, and work as a key player in several Species Survival Plans. There are various levels to fit what is right for your business. For more information, please call 605.367.8313 ext 113.

Operating Budget

Each year, the Great Plains Zoo spends approximately $250,000 on food for the animals in our care. Lights and heat for the animals cost an additional $200,000. A gift to the Zoo’s general fund helps us continue to provide our animals with the best care possible, and supports our mission of education, conservation, recreation and discovery -- a mission supported by a $4.9 million budget. For more information, please call 605.367.8313 ext. 113.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts to the Great Plains Zoo help ensure future generations have an opportunity to make connections to the natural world and see animals they might otherwise only see in a textbook.  

Planned giving opportunities at the Zoo include a donation of stocks/securities to the Zoo, or making a bequest to the Zoological Society of Sioux Falls in wills, trusts, retirement plans and insurance policies.  

The Great Plains Zoo would be happy to work with you and your advisor to help determine the most appropriate way for you to give while achieving your goals.

The Zoological Society of Sioux Falls does not offer tax or financial planning advice. Please contact your financial planning professional or estate planning attorney for advice on planned giving.

Conservation Fund

The Great Plains Zoo is a key player in 43 Species Survival Plans including Amur Tigers, Eastern Black Rhinoceros and Siamang Gibbons. Important work is being done right here in Sioux Falls, S.D., in order to create healthy populations of these precious animals worldwide. The Zoo also supports the work of global conservation efforts worldwide including the International Rhino Foundation, the Snow Leopard Trust, and others.     

In addition to caring for hundreds of animals, the Great Plains Zoo serves as a regional rehabilitation facility for raptors and other native wildlife. In this role, the Zoo actively rehabilitates wild birds that are injured and sick for re-release into the wild. These wild birds have included Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Harlan’s Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Snowy Owls, and many other species.  

A gift to our Conservation Fund helps make these important conservation efforts possible. Your gift can be designated for one or all of these projects.  For more information, please call 605.367.8313 ext. 113. 



  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.