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Houston Zoo Centennial Campaign

Donate today to help bring penguins to Houston and have your impact immediately DOUBLED thanks to a $1.5 million matching gift opportunity!


Your Gift Matched

Thanks to an anonymous friend of our Zoo, the first $1.5 million contributed to this community campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar. When you give a gift of any amount, your impact will be immediately doubled!

Bring the Galápagos Islands to Houston

With your generous gift, you will help finish our most immersive experience yet, Galápagos Islands, which will include a home for Humboldt penguins.

Recognition and Benefits

Donors who give $250+ will receive special recognition and benefits, including invitations to exclusive donor previews of Galápagos Islands before it opens to the public! Scroll below for more details.

Galápagos Islands

Your gift will help complete this stunning exhibit coming early 2023

Galapagos sea lion exhibit rendering

A bigger, better home for sea lions and introducing penguins to Houston

This exhibit will tell the story of the history-changing biodiversity of the Galápagos, featuring giant tortoises, iguanas, sea turtles, sharks, rays, and an expansive aquatic habitat for sea lions. The exhibit will also include a state-of-the-art habitat for a species new to the Houston Zoo: Humboldt penguins.

Recognition and Benefits

 Give $250 or more to receive special recognition and benefits

We are deeply grateful for Houston Zoo supporters who are giving generously to support this transformative campaign. To show our appreciation, donors who give $250 or more during this community campaign will receive the special recognition and benefits outlined below. More details, delivery information, invitations, etc. will be sent to donors by email later this year.


Gifts of $25,000 or more can be pledged now and paid over 3-5 years. To learn more, please contact us at or 713.533.6819.

outdoor mixed species habitat in South America's Pantanal

In 2017, we launched the Keeping Our World Wild: Centennial Campaign with a goal to raise $150 million and transform nearly 50% of our campus with new exhibits.  To date, we’ve raised more than $147 million, which has allowed us to build new experiences for you like Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands, South America’s Pantanal, and so much more. As we approach our $150 million goal, we’re counting on supporters like you to get us to the finish line.

Contact Us

For questions about this campaign, please contact us at or 713.533.6819.