Keep the Vision Alive and join the Vision Keeper Club!

Vision Keepers at Point Defiance Zoo are a group of philanthropic individuals who help ensure the vitality and excellence of the Zoo. They learn more about wildlife, wild places, the environment and the conservation efforts the Zoo is engaged in both locally and abroad. Annual donations of $500* or more directly support the Zoo’s programs around animal care, education, and conservation.

Vision Keeper Club members experience the Zoo in unique ways, with opportunities to go behind the scenes to meet our animals and their keepers, learn more about important conservation topics championed by the Zoo, and have fun at several exclusive Zoo and Zoo Society events throughout the year.

*Donations are defined as single, annual gifts of $500 or more, excluding auction purchases, ticket sales, adopt-an-animal sale s and event-related sponsorships.

All members of the Vision Keeper Club will receive these benefits:

  • Annual Donor Thank You Event
  • Unlimited complimentary admission for you and up to six (6) guests for one year
  • Discounted admission tickets for additional guests
  • Early-Bird registration for Zoo camps
  • Discounts on Zoo education & camp programs
  • 10% discount in the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Gift Shop
  • 50% discount on Zoolights admission tickets
  • 20% discount on Northwest Trek Wildlife Park tickets
  • Subscription to ZooPoints e-newsletter for one year
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 150 Zoos across the nation
  • The Zoo Society E-newsletter updates – coming in 2017
  • Recognition on the annual donor wall at the Zoo – coming in 2017
  • Recognition on the electronic donor wall on The Zoo Society website – coming in 2017
  • Invitations to special events, including but not limited to: educational lecture series’, Zoobilee, Annual Donor Breakfast, Love at the Zoo and Zoolights Opening Ceremony

Members Are Essential to the Future of the Zoo

Your contribution plays an important role in:

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    Animal Care

    The Zoo and Aquarium has more than 9,000 animal residents representing different species for which we provide naturalistic habitats, nutritious meals, enrichments and exceptional medical care. Zookeepers work hard to enrich the lives of our animals in their care through added activities and items to help our collection remain happy and healthy through increased naturalistic behaviors.

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    Conservation Initiatives

    For over 110 years, our commitment to conservation has remained strong part of our mission. We provide guests opportunities to view, and appreciate, species they might otherwise never see, educate and nurture future citizen scientists, and engage in ensuring genetic diversity in populations of endangered species through successful Species Survival Plan® breeding programs. Abroad we support anti-poaching programs in the race to save wild tigers; forest protection and the study of wild cats in Borneo and Sumatra; studies of coral reefs and their importance in the longevity of the ocean and more.

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    Education Programming

    The Zoo excels at creating and establishing connections between guests and nature, encouraging care for the natural world through formal and informal programs. Our Citizen Science program brings biologists and the community together for a common cause – to record data to help monitor, research and potentially save an endangered or threatened species in and around our local communities.

Vision Keeper levels and associated additional benefits:

  • One group behind-the-scenes tour opportunity held quarterly with other supporters. Limited space available and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. One per household member per support year.
  • All Supporter level benefits above.
  • A private behind-the-scenes tour for up to six in an area of your choice.
  • All level benefits above.
  • One private after-hours 2-hour space rental for up to 20 people in one of the following areas: Jellies, North Pacific or South Pacific Aquarium, Asia’s Day room or Polar Bears. Catering not included.
  • All level benefits above.
  • One catered lunch for up to four people at the Zoo with a Zookeeper from an area of your choice.
  • All level benefits above.
  • Private dinner for up to 8 people in one of the following areas: Jellies, North or South Pacific Aquariums or Asia’s Day Room. Also includes an animal encounter and requested guest speaker from the Zoo.
Become a Vision Keeper