Planned Giving

Legacy Circle

Membership in this circle is extended to anyone who has remembered Reid Park Zoo in their estate or life income plans or made a gift to Reid Park Zoological Society’s Endowment Fund.

Reid Park Zoological Society is proud to honor these very special contributors. Through planned gifts, the Legacy Circle offers donors the opportunity to fund various programs and exhibits well into the future. These gifts enrich the Reid Park Zoo for many generations to come and they insure the financial sustainability of the Zoo.

There are a number of ways to make a planned gift to Reid Park Zoological Society.  To learn more about any of the options below:

  • Bequests – making the Zoological Society a sole beneficiary, beneficiary of a percentage or a remainder beneficiary after other specific needs have been met.
  • Insurance Policy – naming the Zoological Society as a primary or secondary beneficiary is a very simple way to make a significant gift.
  • Retirement Plan – Reid Park Zoological Society can be named as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of a qualified retirement plan.
  • Gifts to the Zoo that create a stream of income and charitable income tax deduction for you include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder unitrusts.

The anteater logo pin is given to each member to recognize the donors’ intentions to insure the future of Reid Park Zoo. Their names are recognized in the Zoo’s newsletter and other written promotional materials unless they request to remain anonymous. Members of the Legacy Circle are considered an exclusive group of zoo friends and are invited to all Reid Park Zoo events.

Legacy Circle Members


George & Barbara Ball Jason Jacobs
Mica & Jeffrey Bane Sheldon & Dr. Xenia King
Susan Banfield Steve Larsen
Susan Basford Ellen W. Lewis
Gail Brown Anonymous
Jeffrey Baymor & Elizabeth Cullen * Frann Miescher
Sharyn & Al Chesser Hanna Miller
John Clark Wendell Long
Janet Corber Brooke Miner
John Doyle & Ann Forsberg-Doyle Kassi Molfetas
Bruce & Gilda Eneboe * Estelle Oelzner
Jerry Felmley Dorothy M. Pellegrino
* Kristiana Foss AJ & MD Ruggiero Trust
Jaz & Yui Garewal William D. Sawyer
Ann Gillette Nancy Schlegel
Michael Halle Joann Schultz
Anonymous Denice Shepherd
Michael & Ruth Hannley Mrs. Bernadine Shirley & Joseph Shirley
Syndenn K. Harmon * Evelyn A. Sterling
Robert & Trudy Hersch * Barb Unger
Anonymous Joanie VanCase
Mary Huffman Nancy VanCase
* Linda Hulse Vivian & Charles VanPeenen
Anonymous Diana Whitman
* The estate of

For help in making a planned or estate gift to benefit Reid Park Zoo, please contact the Diana Whitman via email or phone (520-837-8217).  The preparation of wills and trusts needs an attorney’s professional training.  For your specific circumstances, professional legal and tax advice should always be sought.

Tax ID: 94-2379052