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Five Gifts That Help Save Animals

By Kristen Corl
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Make your holidays extra meaningful with presents that support conservation and help save animals from extinction! By supporting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and AZA-accredited facilities, you’re contributing to the over $230 million spent on field conservation in more than 120 countries. With these five gifts, you can make Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any holiday even more special for the conservationist or animal lover in your life.

Three wine bottles, two red and two white with flamingos in the background1. Wildlife Wine Club Wines

Save species like African lions and sea turtles without leaving your house. Delivery directly to your door helps zoos and aquariums protect animals. Help continue conservation and order your $9.99 Wildlife Wine Club cabernet and chardonnay online. Take advantage of included shipping this holiday season and order a mixed case to keep on hand or gift to your animal-loving friends! 100% of AZA’s net proceeds support AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. Toast to their future.

2. Zebra Pen

Zebra Pen logoConsider ordering from Zebra Pen for the writers and artists in your life. Zebra Pen is a long-time AZA SAFE partner, so now your doodles and grocery lists can help support conservation efforts! Explore pens, pencils, highlighters, and even a steel-bodied refillable fountain pen for your zero-waste friends.  

Red panda Animal Review

3. Animals Reviewed: Starred Ratings of Our Feathered, Finned, and Furry Friends

Some of the best gifts come with a laugh, and AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have put together the best “reviews” of your favorite animals. Order your copy on Amazon or Bookshop.

“Zoos and aquariums have poked wild fun at their animal friends—and their “product reviews” will leave your pack howling! Packed with adorable animal photos and laced with wit and humor, Animals Reviewed is a must-read for animal lovers of all ages. Proceeds benefit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ mission to advance animal welfare, public engagement, and conservation.”

4. A Membership to Your Local, AZA-Accredited Zoo or Aquarium

Zoos and aquariums need your help now, more than ever. This year has taken a toll on budgets, and AZA members are working hard to provide gold-standard care to their animals. Your membership supports local jobs and conservation around the world. Many annual memberships include admission for the whole family, as well as concessions and gift shop discounts. Find the closest accredited zoo or aquarium to you and your friends or family. 

5. Animal Adoptions at Your Local AZA-Accredited Zoo or Aquarium

You can adopt your very own zoo animal and support the highest levels of animal care and welfare, as well as a local conservation organization with your purchase. Symbolic adoptions are a great way to get exclusive gifts, like stuffed animals, featuring some of your favorites at the zoo and aquarium. Take a look at programs from a few of our accredited facilities, or look for your local accredited zoo or aquarium.

Kristen Corl is the Digital Media Coordinator at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

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