The Zoo offers many ways to pay tribute to someone special including  plaques, benches, tiles and other opportunities to show your care and concern. We will inform the recipient of your gift and how it helps the Zoo accomplish its mission of “providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.”

To discuss naming opportunities regarding our exhibits, please contact our Development department at

Joyce Corrigan Memorial Care Center Tile Wall – Gifts of $150

Tile measures 6” x 6” and can be engraved up to four lines, 13 characters per line. Please note: This tile wall is not accessible to the public. Visitors would need a staff escort to view the memorial.

Digital Donor Board – Gifts of $250 and above

In memoriam gifts of $250 or more will have the name listed on the “In Memory Of” section of the scrolling video donor board near the entrance of the Zoo.

Engraved Capstone, Harmony Farm – Gifts of $1,000

Harmony Farm capstones are 12” across at the widest point by 8” high. Capstone can be engraved up to seven lines, 14 characters per line.

Engraved Capstone, Children’s Trail – Gifts of $2,000

These capstones measure 18” across at the widest point by 10.5” high. Capstone can be engraved up to seven lines, 18 characters per line.

Engraved Bench Plaque – Gifts of $5,000

Plaques can be engraved up to four lines, 28 characters per line. Bench placement is based on donor preference but location is not guaranteed.

Adopt a Carousel Animal – Gifts of $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and $25,000

Adopt an animal on the beautiful, hand-painted Endangered Species Carousel. These magical, playful carousel animals are sure to bring out the inner child in everyone. Located near the Zoo’s main lake, the carousel is a unique work of art; hand carved and painted by skilled craftsmen. Adoption a carousel animal is a lasting way to honor a loved one or commemorate a special occasion. Adoption of a carousel animal is for the life of the carousel animal (an average of eight years) and a personalized plaque on your chosen animal will reflect your special message or honorarium. Plaque size is 5” x 7”. Font size and characters per line varies based on plaque verbiage.

Please contact the Development department at or 602.286.3830 for more information.

Handprints in Glass Donor Wall
by Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary

The Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary is launching the first donor wall of its kind in the country, designed with glass tiles cast from handprints from the public. The Auxiliary will begin selling the three dimensional one-of-a-kind tiles at their launch event taking place at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, April 19th, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the Zoo’s Earth Day festivities.

Handprint in Glass

Handprint in Glass

During the launch event guests can purchase the $500 tile kit and receive hands-on instruction from Auxiliary members. The kit comes with the casting mold and once the handprint is captured in the mold, it is sent off to the designer to be placed in glass and etched with the name of the donor, and finished with a color.

“The tiles will be showcased in a premier location at the entrance of the Zoo,” says Auxiliary President, JoEllen Doornbos. “These unique and beautiful tiles will stand as a symbol of support of the Phoenix Zoo.”

The Auxiliary will also be selling the tiles and offering instruction on Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. After that event, tile kits will be available at the Zoo’s Desert Marketplace gift shop or by contacting the Auxiliary at 602.273.1341 x7342 or

Handprints in Glass Concept Rendering

Handprints in Glass Concept Rendering