Sponsor an Animal

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The natural rate of extinction on Earth is one or two species per century. Scientists estimate we are currently losing up to 100 species per day, and most predict that half of the animal species alive today will become extinct in the next 100 years.

When you sponsor an animal, you help us continue our conservation work here at the Zoo and around the world. And you help us continue sharing these animals’ magnificence with Zoo visitors.

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Species Available for Sponsorship

African Elephant

Loxodonta africana
Herbivore At Risk Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Western Africa Read More

African Lion

Panthera leo
Carnivore At Risk Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa Read More

Giant Panda

Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Herbivore At Risk Eastern Asia Read More

Sumatran Tiger

Panthera tigris sumatrae
Carnivore Critically Endangered Southeastern Asia Read More

Sumatran Orangutan

Pongo abelii
Frugivore Critically Endangered Southeastern Asia Read More

Bornean Orangutan

Pongo pygmaeus
Frugivore Critically Endangered Southeastern Asia Read More

Western Lowland Gorilla

Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Herbivore Critically Endangered Western Africa Read More

Sponsorships of other species are available upon request. 

Specially requested species not listed here may require additional processing time.

For a full list and more information on threatened species worldwide, visit the IUCN Red List.

Special benefits and discounts

Current Zoo Members, call 404.624.5662 to receive your discount on your Animal Sponsorship.

Animal Sponsorship guidelines

  • All sponsorship animals are available to an unlimited number of sponsors.
  • Levels and benefits are subject to change without notice.
  • Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, your chosen animal may no longer be available for sponsorship.
  • All donations to the Sponsor an Animal program support Zoo Atlanta’s conservation work and are partially tax-deductible.
  • Processing may take up to 10 business days. If you need your benefits processed sooner, please call 404.624.5662 or email rarecare@zooatlanta.org.
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Thank you for your generous sponsorships!

Protector Level of Sponsorship

Sponsor Animal Sponsored Sponsored Since
Amy Haywood Sumatran tiger March 2009
Richard and Diane Hudson Giant panda June 2010
Edward Ressler Giant panda June 2013
Peggy and Don Rodgers Asian small-clawed otters December 2014
Erin Day Sumatran tiger March 2015
Springmont Montessori School and Ms. Mei Giant panda April 2015
Julia Miller Western lowland gorilla September 2015
Heather Rietz Giant panda March 2016
In Memory of Pierson Clinton Lazzari Red panda August 2016
Bella Cantelmi Giant panda November 2016
Legacy Data Access Elephant June 2017
The Gee Foundation Giant panda December 2019

Guardian Level of Sponsorship

Sponsor Animal Sponsored Sponsored Since
H. & A. Waterbury Giant panda June 2009
Mr. Mrs. William May Giraffe September 2013
Edward Ressler Giant panda April 2014
Barbara Ann Cebula Giraffe June 2014
Susan and Will May Giraffe December 2014
Isaac Griberg Giant panda December 2014
Benjamin Carmichael, Jr. Eastern black rhinoceros December 2014
Alda & Ronie Anderson  Orangutan  December 2014
Greg and Cheryl Martinez Thibodeau  African elephant  December 2014 
Ann and Dan Alves Giant panda December 2015
 The Eichelzers Western lowland gorilla  March 2016 
Taylor Hills  African elephant May 2o16 
Denise Glover  Bald eagle  July 2016 
 Micayla Woods Giant panda July 2016 
Melba Jackson  Giant panda  August 2016 
Sandy Buhler  Giant panda  October 2016 
Megan Kellett Giant panda October 2016 
Mary McEneany  Giant panda  December 2016
Robin King Giant panda February 2017
Kaleigh Gaugh Giant panda April 2017
Katie and Jake Sanders Western lowland gorilla June 2017
Avery Riddle Red panda June 2017
Sarah Smith Elementary School Tanuki August 2017
Troop 17592 Giant panda September 2017
Jack Wojtowicz Giant panda November 2017
Drs. Fran and Jim Schoon Western lowland gorilla May 2018
David Skirmont Chameleon August 2018
Katie and Jake Sanders Western lowland gorilla January 2019
Sarah Summerbell  Sumatran tiger June 2019
Jaque Galinski Giant panda December 2019

Zoo Atlanta Panda Family Level of Sponsorship

Sponsor  Animal Sponsored Sponsored Since
Katie Brennan Giant panda December 2014
Sarah Jakelski Giant panda December 2014
Meredith Massey Giant panda January 2015 
Theresa Klinkert Giant panda January 2015