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Asante Society

The Asante Society at the Houston Zoo is a group of philanthropic individuals who help ensure the vitality and excellence of the Zoo while learning more about wildlife and wild places. Annual membership donations of $1,200 or more directly support the Zoo’s core programs: animal care, education, and conservation. Asante members get closer to their Houston Zoo through exclusive tours, events, and so much more!

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In Swahili, asante means thank you.

And we cannot say thanks enough in any language to our donor club members who provide significant support to the Houston Zoo through their annual Asante Society membership.

Fun at Asante Events

Asante Society Membership Includes

Private Tour

Only Asante members get this kind of access. With a private tour each year you’re a member, you can learn more about your favorite animals directly from our zookeepers. Don’t worry about parking – we’ll reserve a VIP spot for your tour.

Asante tour options by membership level

Exclusive Events

From cocktail parties to a family-friendly preview of TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights, Asante members enjoy unique events throughout the year. You might even get to see new improvements to the Zoo before the public!

Check out our upcoming Sunset on the Savanna event!

Unlimited Admission

Bring your whole herd! Your Asante membership includes unlimited complimentary admission to the Houston Zoo for you and up to 9 guests for a full year. There’s no better way to share the Zoo with family and friends.

FOUR MEMBERSHIP LEVELS TO CHOOSE FROM

Bronze Member - $1,200-$2,499 annual donation

All premium benefits listed plus:

  • One Bronze-level private tour for household** Includes VIP parking space
  • Invitation for two (2) to Spring and Fall Asante cocktail receptions
Fair Market Value $100
** Household is defined as member(s) and children of the household under age 18. Age and party size restrictions apply to some tours. See tour listing of tour options available by membership level. All tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance, are for one Zoo area, weekdays only, are non-transferable, and must be taken during your year of Asante Society membership. Tours cannot be scheduled on holidays or during Spring Break.

Silver Member - $2,500-$4,999 annual donation

All premium benefits listed plus:

  • One Silver-level private tour for household** Includes VIP parking space
  • Invitation for four (4) to Spring and Fall Asante cocktail receptions
  • Four (4) complimentary one-time-use general admission passes to Zoo Lights
Fair Market Value $240
** Household is defined as member(s) and children of the household under age 18. Age and party size restrictions apply to some tours. See tour listing of tour options available by membership level. All tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance, are for one Zoo area, weekdays only, are non-transferable, and must be taken during your year of Asante Society membership. Tours cannot be scheduled on holidays or during Spring Break.

Gold Member - $5,000-$9,999 annual donation

All premium benefits listed plus:

  • One Gold-level private tour for household** Includes VIP parking space
  • Invitation for four (4) to Spring and Fall Asante cocktail receptions
  • Six (6) complimentary one-time-use general admission passes to Zoo Lights
  • One 8 x 10 painting by a Houston Zoo animal artist
Fair Market Value $430
** Household is defined as member(s) and children of the household under age 18. Age and party size restrictions apply to some tours. See tour listing of tour options available by membership level. All tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance, are for one Zoo area, weekdays only, are non-transferable, and must be taken during your year of Asante Society membership. Tours cannot be scheduled on holidays or during Spring Break.

Platinum Member - $10,000 + annual donation

All premium benefits listed plus:

  • One Platinum-level private tour for household** Includes VIP parking space
  • Invitation for four (4) to Spring and Fall Asante cocktail receptions
  • Eight (8) complimentary one-time-use general admission passes to Zoo Lights
  • Exclusive opportunity for four (4) to see a Houston Zoo animal artist in action. Includes 8 x 10 painting
  • Private lunch with a Houston Zoo executive
Fair Market Value $500
** Household is defined as member(s) and children of the household under age 18. Age and party size restrictions apply to some tours. See tour listing of tour options available by membership level. All tours must be scheduled three weeks in advance, are for one Zoo area, weekdays only, are non-transferable, and must be taken during your year of Asante Society membership. Tours cannot be scheduled on holidays or during Spring Break.

Join the Asante Society

Please call (713) 533-6840 if you wish to join the Asante Society with a monthly gift.

Premium Benefits for all Asante Levels

  • Unlimited complimentary Zoo admission for you and up to nine (9) guests per visit
  • Invitation for two (2) to annual Asante dinner event
  • Invitation to Spring and Fall Asante family events*
  • Unlimited carousel rides
  • Asante Society Zoo news alerts – be the first to know
  • Kid Keeper privilege – send your children to the Zoo with an adult caregiver
  • Priority registration for Camp Zoofari for children or grandchildren of the household
  • 20% discount in the Houston Zoo Gift Shops
  • Admission for sixteen (16) to Zoobilee, the Zoo’s annual member appreciation event
  • Recognition in the Zoo’s annual report
  • 10% discount on facility rentals for private events or meetings (does not include Zoo-wide events or catering)
  • Discounted general admission to the Zoo’s annual Feast with the Beasts event (does not include VIP)
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 150 Zoos across the nation (check Discounts with Other Zoos for current participants)

*Family event invitations are for Asante members and the children of their household under age 18.

Asante Tour Options by Membership Level

Support The Future Of Your Houston Zoo

Your contribution plays an important role in the success of our core programs.

  • Animal Care – The Houston Zoo is home to thousands of ambassador animals representing more than 800 species from around the world. Your Asante Society gift helps provide naturalistic habitats, nutritious meals, exceptional veterinary care, and plenty of enriching activity.
  • Conservation – Your support ensures the continued success of the Zoo’s critical Wildlife Conservation Programs, both locally and internationally, to secure populations of endangered wildlife and protect vanishing wild places.
  • Education – Your donor club membership allows the Zoo to ignite a passion for lifelong learning and conservation in our 2.55 million+ annual guests.
  • Community Access – Asante Society contributions help the Zoo offer free access to schoolchildren and families in the Houston region to ensure we remain a Zoo for All.

Download the 2017 Annual Report

If you have any questions about the Asante Society or other ways to support the Houston Zoo, call the Donor Hotline at (713) 533-6840 or e-mail us at development@houstonzoo.org.

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