The Bison Circle recognizes those generous donors who are committed to the Chicago Zoological Society's mission—to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature—and are able to support the Society through significant gifts of $2,000 or more. Bison Circle members truly make an impact. Through their contribution, we are able to reach millions of individuals each year, including:
Diverse communities across Chicagoland.
We inspire conservation action by leading by example, and Bison Circle donors are an integral part of our conservation programs. The Society is an active partner in wildlife protection programs around the world, including the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world’s longest-running study of bottlenose dolphins.
We have also pioneered the field of conservation psychology, the study of how people connect with animals and nature—an endeavor that would be much more difficult without Bison Circle members.
Bison Circle donors care…and their support is critical to animal welfare. Thanks to their donations, thousands of animals representing 400 species receive state-of-the-art care through top-notch medical, husbandry, and nutrition programs. In fact, animal care technologies developed at Brookfield Zoo are employed in 165 countries.
Discover the Bison Circle giving levels and associated privileges,
or call (708) 688-8667 for more information.
Bison Circle Explorer $2,000 - 2,999
Free admission to all attractions and parking
Invitation to Bison Circle Summer Picnic and winter Holiday Magic reception
Invitation to participate in the new Bison Circle travel program
Opportunity for a personalized Wild Encounters Animal Experience
Opportunity for a Personal Animal Experience
Priority Zoo Camp registration
Listing in Annual Report
Behind-the-scenes golf cart tour
Discount in gift shops and zoo restaurants
Monthly Zoo e-newsletter and immediate press release e-blasts
Bison Circle access cards and 10 additional guest passes to all exhibits
Bison Circle Defender $3,000 - 4,999
Invitation to new Lunch ‘n Learn presentations by CZS Zookeepers and Curators
Plus all the benefits of the Explorer membership
Bison Circle Innovator $5,000 - 9,999
Opportunity to participate in Sleepover Safari (overnight at the Zoo)
Opportunity to participate in Sarasota Dolphin Survey Tour
Plus all the benefits of the Defender membership
Bison Circle Researcher $10,000 - 24,999
Lunch and behind-the-scenes tour with the President/CEO
Plus all the benefits of the Innovator membership
Bison Circle Protector $25,000 or more
Deckside with dolphins and participating in a training session
Plus all the benefits of the Researcher membership
Don’t forget your employer’s matching gift program—make your support go even further!
Please note: Under IRS guidelines, the amount of your contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of your payment over the value of the goods or services provided by the Chicago Zoological Society.
For 2017 contributions, the estimated fair market value of goods or services received in return for this contribution is $31.75.
For 2016 contributions, the estimated fair market value of goods or services received in return for this contribution is $55.54.