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Zoo Kids, Inc.

Of all Louisville’s many wonderful attractions, nothing seems to capture the hearts and minds of children as much as the Louisville Zoo.

Every day we see their smiling faces filled with anticipation as they go racing down the path to sit face to face with an Orangutan, watch the polar bears swim and play in Glacier Run or enjoy many of our other exhibits and demonstrations.

Unfortunately, this scene doesn’t play out for thousands of children in our community because their families are faced with difficult decisions like putting a meal on the table, or sending money to school with their child so they can participate in a field trip.  You can help make this decision a little easier, and put smiles on these children’s faces by supporting the Zoo Kids, Inc. Program.

Your generous donation will help send at-risk or disadvantaged children on a wild and educational adventure uniquely provided by the Louisville Zoo.

Visiting the Zoo helps to bring teaching lessons to life so that students can see firsthand what they have learned in school.  A recent program participant wrote, “Every year, there are a handful of students who have never been to the Zoo. This year, when I announced the trip, a little boy rushed forward and hugged me, exclaiming, ‘I’ve never been to the Zoo! Thank you! Thank you!’ He knows what the Zoo is, but his family has never been able to go.  At least half of my class would be unable to pay for the trip without assistance from Zoo Kids, Inc.”

Your partnership also offers opportunities for special recognition of your company, VIP behind the scenes tours, free admission passes and facility rental credits.

If you would like to support Zoo Kids, Inc. or if you have any questions about the program please contact the Zoo’s development office at 502-238-5386 or send an email.

Attention teachers and non-profit organization leaders

Please click on the Non-Profit Agency Application Form to the right to complete a Zoo Kids, Inc. application. The Zoo Foundation solicits funds on an ongoing basis throughout the year, from time to time funding of Zoo visits may be unavailable. Applicants who have never been funded by Zoo Kids, Inc. will be considered first.  Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will receive funding.  It may be a possibility that we can only partially fund your visit.  This will still help lower the cost of your visit, but your organization will be responsible for any remaining balances.

The Louisville Zoo Foundation is grateful for the support of the following Zoo Kids, Inc. Partners

  • Greater Louisville United Labor Picnic, Inc.
  • LG&E and KU Energy LLC
  • Valassis Communication Inc.
  • PPG Industries Foundation
  • Pediatric Dentistry of Oldham County