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Donation Items

Donate items from the list below and make a big difference in the lives of the animals we care for every day!


​​We would be happy to discuss these items with you, please contact us at

620-276-1250 or

Most donation drop offs can be made at the zoo’s office between 8am -12pm or 1pm to 5pm Monday through Friday at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education at 312 E Finnup Dr. Garden City, Kansas. 

                                                 You can also find Items on our Amazon Wish List!

Thank you for your support.


Used Items

We welcome donations of gently used items from your home.

Please be sure that all items are clean and in working condition before donation.

These items may be used for programs or animal care.

  • Craft Supplies (No Glitter Please)

  • Animal Crates

  • Small Animal Critter Keepers

  • Blankets (no fringe)

  • Body Spray/Perfumes/Cologne

  • Chalk

  • Newspaper (no glossy ads)

  • Children's Paint (non-toxic)

  • Baby & Preschool Toys

  • Wind Chimes

  • Shatterproof Mirrors

  • Phone Books

  • Towels

  • Wrapping Paper (non-foil)

  • Paper Streamers (non-metallic)

  • Tissue Paper

  • Non-Toxic Markers

Food Items

Below is a list of food items that we accept as donations.

Please note that we cannot accept opened or expired items.

We do not accept donations of meat.

  • Apple Sauce - Unsweetened

  • Canned Pumpkin

  • Dried Fruit

  • Honey

  • 100% Juice (Apple, Grape)

  • Cheerios (regular)

  • Molasses

  • Oatmeal

  • Drink Mixes (Kool-Aid)

  • Jello Mixes

  • Peanut Butter

  • Spices

  • Fresh Produce

  • Baby Food

  • Canned Salmon/Tuna


Enrichment refers to anything that encourages animals to use their natural behaviors.

Below is a list of items that helps our staff provide or create new enrichment for the animals in our care.

  • Wind Chimes

  • Shatterproof Mirrors

  • Towels

  • Wrapping Paper (non-foil)

  • Paper Streamers (non-metallic)

  • Tissue Paper

  • Brown Paper Bags

  • Bird Perches & Toys

  • Woven Baskets (no glue or varnish)

Veterinary Medicine

Help us continue to go above and beyond in our care! We would be happy to discuss these items with you.

Below are wish-list items curated by our Veterinary Team for use in our Animal Care Hospital.

  • Surgical Laser

  • Bair Hugger Patient Warming System

  • LigaSure System

  • Endoscope

  • Therapeutic Laser

  • Capnograph

  • Tonavet

  • Gurney

Grounds & Landscaping

The following items help keep our animal habitats and zoo grounds looking beautiful!

  • Rakes

  • Brooms

  • Mops

  • Scrub Brushes

  • Spray Bottles

  • Pole Tree Pruners

  • Hand Saw w/ Curved Blade

  • 5/8" Hose Menders


Possibly the greatest donation of all, your time. 

Join the Zoo Crew to get more hands on at the zoo!

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