The Darling Downs Zoo is a privately owned and operated facility and receives absolutely no support from any Government department. We therefore rely heavily on the patronage of the zoo-going public. We could not sustain our animals or maintain and improve our conservation and education initiatives without your support and without the added backing of our benefactors and commercial partners.
Here's how you can help
Keep on coming! We are constantly building and improving enclosures to house our ever increasing family of rare and beautiful animals. We couldn’t do this without your support and you can continue to visit in the knowledge that you will see new attractions while supporting a very worthwhile endeavour.
We are extremely grateful to the many benefactors who have donated money to the zoo, engaged in fund raising activities for us or have honoured us with bequests. Please talk to us about what you can do to help our projects in this way and what we can do to immortalise your memory here at the zoo.
Not all of our benefactors help us with financial support. We are equally grateful to those of you who donate plants to beautify the zoo, fertiliser, animal food, use of machinery, paper and …… time!
Others support our efforts by volunteering their time. Without them we would have a much more difficult job to keep the gardening up to date, observe animal activities, keep the shop clean, distribute brochures and all those little jobs that we just “never have time to do”!
Darling Downs Zoo Species Preservation Foundation
The setting up of the Darling Downs Zoo Species Preservation Foundation has now been finalised by the Australian government and, as from 6 July 2021, we are registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient [DGR].
The Foundation enables animal lovers to financially assist the zoo in the work that it undertakes in breeding and holding endangered species, knowing that their contribution is tax deductible.
We also receive some very worthwhile assistance from the corporate sector. Corporate events have been held at the zoo, our corporate colleagues have tagged us on their television commercials, we have received donations of building and fencing materials, machinery hours, ponds, pools, printing and graphic design skills to name just a few.
In return for their support, and to enhance the value that they can get from their relationship with us, we can give our commercial partners special activities, out of normal hours visits, access to our unique facilities and commercial opportunities that are available to no-one else.
We could not have reached the stage that we are at now without the support that we have received from these individuals and businesses:
- Mrs Lilian Lorraway Tigell – our wonderful zoo ambassador! Lilian recently passed away at the age of 102. A life well spent!
- Clive Berghofer Group
- Michael Maher – Quarry and Gravel
- Mark and Karlene Robinson and Family
- Jenny and Trevor Radke
- Joyce and the late Barry Bell
- The Brett Turkington family
- Colin and Gwen Embrey