The Jackson Zoo Foundation was founded in 2002 in conjunction with the zoo’s first major capital fund campaign to receive private contributions and distribute them for capital expenditures. The Foundation raised $1.5 million as part of an $7 million ($4 million from the State of Mississippi and $1.5 million from the City of Jackson) first phase of improvements at the Jackson Zoo; which includes a new zoo entrance, expanded African Savannah and Mississippi Wilderness exhibit. A new education space is now open, the Gertrude C Ford Center has classrooms and a display hall of interactive displays for school children and for families.
The Foundation is seeking donations for ongoing zoo improvements. Currently funds are being raised to update areas for amur leopards, gibbons, tapirs and to renovate sections of the Discovery Zoo.
If you would like to contribute please contact Zoo Director Beth Poff at 601-352-2580 ext. 222 and we would be glad to talk with you in more detail. Send your donation payable to:
Jackson Zoo Foundation - 2918 West Capitol Street - Jackson, MS 39209
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your donation tax deductible.
Current board members are:
- James W. Hood, President
- William Davis Frye
- Laurie Hearin McRee
- Randy Wall
Seeking Larger Gifts for:
Café deck/enclosure $300,000
New walk-in cooler $12,000
Cougar "furniture" $30,000
Gibbon "furniture" $33,000
Addition on education building for animals $45,000
Giraffe platform $85,000
Red panda exhibit $250,000
Amphitheater seating $90,000
Lower Duck Lake enclosure $250,000
MS Walkway shades $85,000
Vet hospital - back holding, equipment $40,000