Looking for ways to contribute to the Zoo without donating cash? The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park accepts donations of all kinds. Our animals benefit from a variety of new, used, and recycled goods. Drop offs can be made any day of the week during normal business hours. 

Donations Wish List for Guest Services

  • Wheelchairs
  • Wood Stove Pellets
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Scrub Sponges

Donations Wish List for Education Department

  • General arts and crafts supplies
  • (non-toxic paints, glue, felt, foam paper, etc)
  • Bird habitat toys
  • Reptile habitat furnishings
  • Safety glasses/goggles
  • Condiment cups/drink sample cups
  • 6 liter dish tubs
  • lunch trays

Donations Wish List for Animals

  • Honey
  • Sonotubes
  • Plastic barrels
  • Cake pans
  • Jello molds
  • Hand held scrub brushes
  • Simple Green, Pro 5
  • Bleach
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Sharp Knives
  • Hard plastic Boomer Balls
  • Unseasoned meat (venison, beef, chicken, pork, etc.)
  • Raw bones (deer, beef, pork, etc.)
  • Ox tails
  • Water cooled bottles
  • PVC pipes
  • Firehose
  • Hand warmers
  • Pallet jack
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Almonds
  • Unsalted Peanuts

Donations Wishlist for Maintenance

  • Leaf Rakes
  • Snow Shovels
  • Square Nosed Dirt Shovels
  • Table Saw
  • 8" garden rakes
  • Natural Mulch
  • 2 Stroke Oil
  • Miscellaneous Maintenance Tools and Supplies
  • Work gloves