Micke Grove Zoo

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Become a Zoo Guardian!

Given to the people of San Joaquin County by local philanthropist Mr. William G. Micke, the Micke Grove Zoo has been inspiring visitors since 1957. Over the decades, Micke Grove Zoo has become a leading resource in science education, a partner in worldwide animal conservation efforts, and a premier destination for families in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond.

By becoming a Micke Grove Zoo Guardian, you demonstrate your on-going commitment to making Micke Grove Zoo the best little zoo in America, a vision Mr. Micke held when he gave Micke Grove Zoo to you and your loved ones to enjoy for generations to come.


Micke Grove Zoo Guardians are donors whose annual contributions to the Micke Grove Zoological Society are at least $1,000 per year. Zoo Guardians are community-minded philanthropists that invest in the Micke Grove Zoo because they recognize it is an important resource for the families of the San Joaquin Valley and its surrounding communities.

Guardians also provide the core support that permits the Micke Grove Zoo to deliver the highest quality animal care, unique and engaging educational opportunities, and to take a leadership role in the stewardship of nature.

Guardians experience exclusive benefits available only to the Zoo's closest supporters, including all of the advantages of the Zoo Friends membership as well as many VIP privileges. Guardians are also recognized for their generosity in the Zoo's Annual Report.

Guardian Levels and Benefits Annual Donation
Keeper's Circle
- Zoo Friends Membership (2 adults, 3 children under 18, and 2 additional guests)
- Subscription to quarterly "Creature Feature"
- VIP Tour for up to 8 guests
- Invitations to exhibit openings and special previews
- Recognition in zoo publications and reports
- VIP stylized membership card
- 10 guest passes
$1,000 per year
Curator's Circle
All of the above, plus:
- Photograph of new animal autographed by Zoo Keeper
- Participation in private animal painting session (restrictions apply)
- Invitations to field trips and workshops
$2,500 per year
Director's Circle
- All of the above, plus:
- Luncheon with senior zoo staff
- Participation in a zoo mobile program
- Photo taken with zoo animal (restrictions apply)
$5,000 per year
President's Circle
- All of the above, plus:
- Private zoo mobile program for a school or senior facility of your choice
- Additional 20 guest passes
$10,000 per year
Micke Legacy Leaders
- All of the above, plus:
- Plaque recognition on donor wall
- Private rental of zoo for up to 40 guests (restrictions apply)
$25,000 per year

Zoo Guardian membership donations and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Membership is issued to a single household and is non-transferable and non-refundable.