Erie Zoo Emergency Fund

As a nonprofit, your Erie Zoo depends on ticket sales, memberships, concession purchases, donations, and education programs to care for the animals and keep our facility functioning.

Due to the closure of the zoo in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are asking for support from our community so we can continue providing the best quality care for your animals that call the Erie Zoo home. Please consider a donation to our Emergency Fund today - no gift is too small in this time of need.

Donate Here

Other ways to support your Erie Zoo:

  1. Buy, renew, or gift an Erie Zoo membership!

    Buy Membership

  2. Sponsor your favorite Erie Zoo animal! (Please note, thank you package shipping may be delayed temporarily.)

    Sponsor an Animal

  3. If you are signed up for a class, camp, or an event that has been cancelled, please consider donating instead of refunding if you are able. We depend on this revenue to continue functioning. With the current situation, we are not only not generating revenue, we are actively losing funding through refunds. We understand these are difficult times for all, so if you cannot donate, please see the other ways your can help support your zoo during this time!

  4. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Please like and share our posts! 




  5. Purchase an Erie Zoo shirt from Erie Apparel through mid-June! Proceeds will go to our Emergency Fund!


  6. Shop the new Online Gift Shop! Our on site Gift Shop was stocked and ready to go for the season when the Covid-19 closure happened. We need help clearing the stock room and bringing in revenue. Now, you can shop the Erie Zoo from the comfort of your home!

    Gift Shop

  7. Join us every Saturday in May from 8am-8pm for our virtual Facebook Animal Art Auction Fundraiser! (All art created by Erie Zoo animals)

    Learn More Here

Covid-19 Response Updates:

May 13th, 2020

The following events have been cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 closure. Updates to come.

Cancelled Events: Erie Zoo Parade/WQLN Kids Day, Equipment Day, and WICU First Warning Weather Day

Postponed Events: UPMC National Senior Health & Fitness Day, Private October Membership Event (rhino-themed), and GalapaZOOza 2020


May 11th, 2020

Update GalapaZOOza 2020 Event:

Due to the current uncertainty and Erie Zoo closure caused by the Covid-19 virus, we have made the decision to temporarily postpone GalapaZOOza 2020 - The Roaring 20's.

Since we are unsure of what the future holds for us over the next couple months along with our desire to offer you a top quality (and safe) event, we feel this is the best action at this time. We plan to reschedule the event for later this year and will announce the reschedule date as soon as it is available.

GalapaZOOza is an event that we look forward to every year. It is not only a WILDly good time, but it also serves the very important purpose of being our largest fundraiser of the year. As a nonprofit, we depend on GalapaZOOza to provide a large source of funding for our daily functioning.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. We hope to reschedule AND see you all again soon! 


May 9th, 2020

Update Regarding Erie Zoo Covid-19 Closure:
According to state guidelines, the Erie Zoo is currently not allowed to open due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are hoping this situation will change in the near future. We have a comprehensive plan prepared and are ready to implement as soon as we are allowed to re-open safely. We thank you all for your support during this difficult time and look forward to welcoming you back to the Zoo soon!

April 14th, 2020

The following events have been cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 closure. Updates to come.

Cancelled Events: Party for the Planet, Cinco de Rhino, and Erie Zoo Parade.

Postponed Events: UPMC National Senior Health & Fitness Day and Private October Membership Event (rhino-themed)

April 5th, 2020

A statement from your Erie Zoo regarding Covid-19 transfer to animals:
In response to the recent report of Covid-19 transfer from a keeper to big cat species at the Bronx Zoo, we have implemented protocol that all keeper staff must wear masks and gloves when entering all animal holding areas. This has always been standard with our primates with additional PPE (personal protective equipment) including face shields as there has already been proven knowledge that primates can contract diseases from humans. Now that there is evidence that there is potential danger to other species, we are taking extra precautions. Our staff will also continue to practice the already established safety procedures of social distancing, increased sanitation and hygiene practices. As always, the animals come first and their safety our number one concern. Thank you for your continued support of your Erie Zoo.

March 18th, 2020

As a nonprofit, your Erie Zoo depends on ticket sales, memberships, concession purchases, donations, and education programs to care for the animals and keep our facility functioning.

We would like to ask our supporters that if you are able and willing, to continue to support us through purchasing/renewing your membership online, sponsoring an animal, donating to our "Emergency Fund", or simply spreading the word via your social media. We know this is a difficult time for all of us, so no amount or way of help is too small.

During this time, please take comfort in knowing that we are maintaining the highest quality of animal care. As always, the animals are our top priority. Your support will allow us to continue to care for your animals at the highest level. We thank you for all of your continued support! 💚

March 17th, 2020

In response to the directive addressing the Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation issued by Governor Tom Wolf, effective today, Tuesday March 16th, your Erie Zoo will be CLOSED for a minimum of two weeks. Please check our Facebook and website for up to date information as the situation progresses.

All classes, programs, and events are cancelled during this time.

We thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

March 16th, 2020 

Due to recent circumstances, the decision has been made to cancel all the "Experience Curling" events at the Flo Fabrizio Ice Center.

Those who have purchased tickets will be receiving a refund. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment. Our plan is to move forward with a similar event when we reopen in the fall so stay tuned!

March 13th, 2020

All Erie Zoo classes and programs are cancelled until March 27th.

Zoo classes follow the Erie School District closure procedures. With all Pennsylvania school districts now closing through March 27th, we will also be cancelling classes through March 27th as well.

Please call the Education Department Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with any questions or refunds at (814) 864-4091 x223