The Legacy Society

Todd and I joined Conservation Society and Legacy Society because we appreciate Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to giant pandas and we wanted to ensure that the work will continue for generations. We love visiting Zoo Atlanta! – Christie & Todd Harper of Derwood, MD

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.