The Legacy Society

Zoo Atlanta is pleased to announce the Legacy Society, a giving society to recognize those who have named Zoo Atlanta in their estate planning. We invite you to consider joining Zoo Atlanta’s Legacy Society by making Zoo Atlanta a beneficiary to wills, living trusts, IRAs, and other life-income gifts. Your charitable bequest gift offers these main benefits:


  • Simplicity: Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. It is as simple as:
    • I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc. (dba Zoo Atlanta), a Georgia nonprofit corporation, [written amount, a percentage of estate or description of property] to be used for its unrestricted use and purpose.
  • Flexibility: Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
  • Versatility: You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us. You can also make Zoo Atlanta a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or part of an IRA mandatory disbursement plan.
  • Tax relief: If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.
  • Lifetime benefits for supporting our future

In addition to the prestige that is associated with being a member, the Legacy Society offers many special benefits such as:

  • An invitation to our annual Donor Appreciation event
  • Recognition on monitor within Zoo Atlanta
  • Invitations to special events, lectures, programs, and private parties

If you are interested in adding Zoo Atlanta as a beneficiary, please contact your attorney or tax professional. If you have included us in your estate plan, you are already eligible to become a member of the Legacy Society. Please contact Michael Anderson at 404.624.5830  or Cressie Lewis at 404.624.5820 to start receiving your benefits.