THANK YOU for your incredible support! If you missed it, we will be accepting donations toward this fundraiser until Sunday, April 10.
The Racine Zoo Needs You!
From Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8, we would like to ask you to reach into your hearts and help the Racine Zoo make a difference. Our Animal Care Department provides essential daily and specialized veterinary care to over 300 animals and 75 unique species that make your trip to the Zoo so memorable. Racine Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means we are held to the "gold standard" of animal care. For a nonprofit like Racine Zoo, it is a steep price tag to maintain this level of care.
Highlights of the specialized care we provide:
Nelson the African penguin was having some trouble walking. The Racine Zoo brought him to UW-Madison Veterinary Hospital for CT scans to diagnose the issue. After antibiotic treatment, Nelson is showing huge improvement and is back with his colony, happily swimming with the other penguins.
Naka the Amur tiger started losing weight and Racine Zoo staff were puzzled. Through a voluntary blood draw, the Zoo team was able to diagnose her with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. It is fairly easily managed with enzyme and vitamin B supplements orally and through injection. This voluntary care, that avoids risky sedative or anesthetic procedures, was only made possible through the strong bonds of trust between the keepers and the animals.
Kramer the spider monkey has been blind for a number of years, but keepers recently realized something was off about one of his eyes. Through voluntary training, the Zoo team was able to give him eyedrops and use special equipment to check the pressure in his eye. The team determined the eye needed to be removed for Kramer's quality of life. We were able to do the surgery on site at the Zoo. Now, Kramer is the cutest little pirate monkey you'll ever see!
Aero, Blaze, and Jack Clay the meerkats are on the upper end of meerkat life spans, which means monitoring their health and welfare is a top priority. One of the ways we do this is by voluntary weight training. Meerkats love tunnels! Keepers put a tunnel on the scale and the meerkats slide on in, allowing keepers to read their weights. This makes the whole process easier on everyone!
Donors play a crucial role to keep our 99-year-old zoo running. Through the generous support of the community, Racine Zoo can continue to provide our beloved animals with the care they need. Our mission is to educate and inspire our guests and the community while providing an affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature for years to come.
Our goal for All In For The Animals is to raise much needed funds for the Zoo. Will you help us make this possible? Show your love and support through a donation. A gift of any size makes a difference.
Because of our sponsor, this year your tax-deductible donation will have TWICE the impact! Every donated dollar up to $5,000 will be matched by Educators Credit Union. Thank you to this wonderful Zoo patron!
Donate online below or mail your donation check to the Racine Zoo at 200 Goold Street, Racine, WI 53402. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with the IRS Tax Code.
A sincerest thank you for your consideration from all the animals and staff at the Racine Zoo. Your incredible kindness will go a long way.
Have you ever been curious about the inner workings of a zoo, how animals are cared for, or about the Racine Zoo in general? To wrap up our week of fundraising, we will be hosting a LIVE Q&A with our Executive Director and Curator of Animal Care and Conservation Education on our Facebook page on Friday, April 8 at 10am CT. We'll collect your questions from the comment sections of our posts throughout the week as well as take your questions live. Be sure to follow us for the latest updates. Hope you can hang out with us on Friday!
How far will your donation go?
In addition to specialized veterinary care, our animals need to eat! Our keepers craft specific diets for each animal to keep them healthy and strong. However, since the animals require food every day just like you, the cost adds up quickly!