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Member Benefits

 Zoo Society Membership Benefits

  • Free admission to the North Carolna Zoo for 12 full months (24 months in the case of a two-year membership)
  • Free or half-priced admission to 150 zoos and aquariums including Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park and the North Carolina aquariums (see current list of partner zoos)
  • Free subscription to Alive magazine
  • Access to the Zoo Society's members-only picnic decks
  • Invitations to members-only events and previews
  • Discount on Society behind-the-scenes tours, Ride and a Guide Programs, and veterinary and wild animal research camps

Estimated Tax Benefits for Life Members

  • All or nearly all of the cost of your membership may be tax deductible as a donation to a 501(c)3. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine what percentage of the payment is deductible in the context of your specific tax situation. If you need details concerning the estimated value of the gifts you receive for your donation, please call the Zoo Society (336-879-7280) during regular business hours.
  • quarterly and monthly payment options are available for President's Club and Conservator's Circle memberships. Please call (336) 879-7250 for more information.

Benefit values are calculated using benefits that are available above the family-plus level. Life members may choose to receive 10 guest passes per year. Many members do not request these passes. We calculate the use of these passes based on three years of member requests. In recent years, an average of 30 percent of the life members attended the life member social. We assume that, over a ten-year period, each life member will attend three socials or one every three years.