Capital Foundation

GiraffeThe 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