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Secure Your Place in History – Or At Least in Our Garden

Etscorn Garden

The Etscorn Garden is an oasis in the midst of the wildest place in town! The spectacular colors of the garden’s plants are offset by a hundred exquisite shades of green. The serenity of this peaceful hideaway located across from the giraffe yard is interrupted only by the sound of the water and the laughter of children enchanted by turtles in the Wood Turtle Pond. The following opportunities are available to help you honor or pay tribute to those that mean the most to you:

Garden Spots  $250
*Name will appear on a garden stake marking the area
Eligible for renewal in one year increments.  Click here for downloadable form.

Spots Available

Purple Coneflowers

Day Lilies

Iris Bed

Ornamental Grass

Daffodil Hillside

Shrubbery Grouping

Please email Development Team or call (502) 238-5615 if you have questions or would like additional information.

“Tree of Life”

When the Islands Exhibit first opened to the public in 2007, the Zoo decided it was important to find a way for zoo supporters to commemorate their loved ones who share(d) a passion for wildlife and conservation. Though a partnership with Louisville Stoneware, your Zoo found the perfect way to do so. This piece of working art is in a constant state of growth as people purchase ceramic leaves, butterflies, or birds to pay tribute and/or honor those that mean the most to them.

At a variety of price levels, you can personalize your addition to the Tree in a way that provides meaning to the loved one you are honoring or commemorating. Your tax deductible gift directly supports the Zoo’s animal care and enrichment activities, fulfilling the greatest needs of your Zoo. When your one of a kind leaf, butterfly, or bird is especially created for you and permanently placed on the tree, a Zoo staff member will contact you and invite you out to see it firsthand. 

Click here for a Tree of Life Donation Form.

Time-honored Benches*

For a gift of $2,000 for an existing bench or $5,000 for a new bench, Zoo staff will help you to choose a commemorative bench on the 134-acre Zoo grounds. Benches are strategically placed throughout the Zoo to attract tired visitors by offering them a shady place to rest. A personalized brass plaque will be installed on your bench and remain on Zoo grounds for a minimum of 5 years. The inscription can contain up to 40 characters and 4 lines.

In the unlikely event that your bench becomes damaged beyond repair within the first five years, the Zoo will be responsible for its replacement and the replacement of the plaque. Should the bench need replacing after the initial five years, you will have the opportunity to renew your gift for a new bench and plaque. Click here for a Bench Order Form. 

*During times of expansion or construction, your bench may need to be relocated. We will make every effort to place your bench in proximity to its existing location; however final placement decisions rest with the Zoo. 

The Conservation Carousel

Invest in the future by commissioning a hand-carved, custom painted, wooden animal for your Zoo’s marvelous carousel. Your tax-deductible gift of $10,000 will be designated for the Zoo’s Conservation Endowment, supporting conservation efforts relevant to our mission both in-situ and here locally. Your animals will be individually hand crafted and installed on the carousel. Louisville Stoneware will create two plaques commemorating your gift, one of which will be placed on the interior of the carousel’s columns, and the second of which will be presented to you! 

*Own a piece of history!  For a gift of $3,000 a Philadelphia Toboggan carousel horse could be yours.  Your gift will go towards the Zoo’s Annual Fund, supporting the greatest needs of your Zoo. 

Call the Development Office at (502) 238-5615 to make a special carousel gift today.

If you have questions or need additional information regarding tributes and memorials, please contact us at (502) 238-5615 or Development Team.