The Zoo closed to the public on March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. With 97% of our annual budget relying on earned revenues from operations, closing our doors creates challenges greater than any we have experienced in our 57-year history, and the loss of revenue will not be recovered. As a nonprofit organization, the Zoo is currently relying on cash reserves and critical donor and member support to continue to operate.
Despite these challenging times, the Santa Barbara Zoo remains dedicated to the more than 500 animals who reside here, the safety of the employees caring for those animals, and continued efforts in the field to save local endangered and threatened wildlife. We need your help now more than ever.
Please consider making a gift today to support the Santa Barbara Zoo Emergency Operations Fund during this critical time of need. You can make your donation online or by sending a check (payable to “Santa Barbara Zoo”) to the attention of Lauren Winnewisser at 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. A heartfelt thanks goes out to those of you who have already made a contribution.
With the help of our incredible community, we know we will all make it to the other side of this crisis with strength and resilience. Thank you for your support of the Zoo, not only in this critical time of need, but always. We look forward to seeing you back at the Zoo as soon as possible!