Erie Zoo Donation Wish Lists

As a nonprofit, your Erie Zoo depends on donations of all forms to continue serving our community and mission of animal conservation. Below are a couple ways you can help your zoo through item donations needed throughout the organization!

Animal Enrichment Wish Lists

Enrichment is a vital part of animal care at the Erie Zoo! One excellent way to help the Erie Zoo is to donate or purchase enrichment items for our animals.


What is "enrichment"?

Animal enrichment is interactive programming that seeks to encourage a specific species' natural behaviors that they would display in the wild. This programming stimulates the animals mentally and physically through interactive objects, scents, foods, activities, puzzles, etc. Our enrichment program encompasses ALL of the animals at the zoo and varies day to day! We are constantly changing enrichment and providing our residents with the best current programming out there but we need your help! Your contribution will help make sure they feel engaged and challenged every single day.


 Below are two of our wish lists for the animals:

 1. This link is to our Amazon Enrichment Wish List:

 Amazon Enrichment Wish List

2. Otto Environmental Wish List: 

Otto Environmental Website

General Operation Wish List

These items are needed throughout the zoo in different departments such as our Education Department, Events Department and more! These items help make our visitor experience more enriching and educational.

Cleaning out your attic, garage, or storage? The Erie Zoo can always use the following second-hand items!

  • Outdoor Halloween Decorations (family-friendly, no blood, guts or gore. We like scary, but not too scary!)
  • Outdoor Easter Decorations
  • Plastic easter eggs
  • Flat Screen TVs (working)
  • DVD players (working)
  • Reptile Heat Lamps & Bulbs (working)
  • Large capacity plastic coolers
  • Large scale animal decorations (statues, wooden displays, photo-ops etc)
  • Radios (working)
  • If you think the Erie Zoo could use something not listed, please call us at (814) 864-4091 Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm and ask for Emily.

We appreciate your support! Items may be dropped off at the Erie Zoo Office Building Monday - Friday from 9am until 4pm.

The animals and staff thank you for your thoughtful gifts!