What is #GivingZOOday?

#GivingZOOday is about the impact zoos and aquariums have on their communities by engaging visitors to be stewards of the environment and save species from extinction. It’s also about how these institutions give back by mentoring their staff and volunteers to support a wide range of causes.

When is #GivingZooDay?

#GivingZOOday takes place on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. This year, it falls on November 27.

What is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, they launched a global movement that has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide. For more information, visit

Learn More About Our Current Conservation Programs

Support the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Gifts to the Zoo Society support the mission of PDZA by providing resources for the Zoo’s recreation, education and conservation programs, its animal collections, and its permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Every Drop Counts

Gifts designated to the new Pacific Seas Aquarium will support the new species, the exhibits they will be living in and the state-of-the-art programming. Individual gifts of $1,000 or more will be featured on the donor wall inside the aquarium.



Gifts designated toward Education efforts support programs not only connect the community to animals and nature but it also connects our youth to conservation engagement and educational programming that defines our Zoo & Aquarium’s mission and vision.

Shark Conservation

Gifts designated to Shark Conservation will support the protection of sharks worldwide through local and international conservation projects and innovative education programs.


Animal Care

Gifts designated to this fund will support the needs of the animal ambassadors living here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. These needs include food, enrichments, exhibitory enhancements and healthcare.


Gifts designated to the general conservation fund support many initiatives managed by a committee focused on Species Survival Plans, environmental and more.


Greatest Need

Gifts designated to this fund support a variety of projects, animals, operational support and any other needs that arise outside of the budgeted expenditures of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Tiger Conservation

Gifts designated to Tiger Conservation will support anti-poaching patrols and community education efforts in Sumatra as well as continuing the Species Survival Plan for this species. It will also help save their forest habitat, increasingly threatened by the production of non-sustainable palm oil. Learn about how PDZA has taken a leadership role in their “Paws for the Cause” campaign giving community members a voice to ask companies to produce palm oil using more wildlife-friendly methods to protect tigers and other Southeast Asian wildlife.