Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Legacy Society 

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Legacy Society has been created to honor the contributions of friends of the Zoo who have expressed their commitment by including the Zoo in their estate plans. Legacy Society donors ensure that Jacksonville will have a vibrant zoo for generations to come. Such gifts provide future support guaranteeing that our mission of caring for diverse animal populations, educating the public about wildlife and the need for conservation continues for future generations. We are delighted to honor this growing Society of donors.  

There are several ways to give, from a simple specific dollar amount or perhaps other ways could be more appropriate in your circumstances:  

  • a percentage of your estate
  • a specific asset 
  • retirement plan assets 
  • designate the Zoo as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.  

The Zoo’s volunteer Planned Giving Committee acts as a resource to Zoo staff to answer any questions donors may have about establishing planned gifts for the Zoo.  Members include trusted professionals such as estate attorneys, financial planners, CPA’s and wealth management professionals.  

If you would like to notify the Zoo of your estate plans and become a member of the JZG Legacy Society or need additional information about creating a gift for the Zoo in your will, please contact Nikki Smith in the Development Department, 904-757-3937 or smithn@jacksonvillezoo.org

The legal name of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is the Jacksonville Zoological Society.