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Individual and Family Member Benefits


Summary of Benefits and Tax Deductions For Memberships

All Members Receive the Following Benefits

  • Free admission to the NC Zoo for 12 consecutive months
  • A subscription to the NC Zoo Society's full-color, quarterly magazine, Alive
  • Free or half-priced admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Special Prices on our Behind the Scenes programs and Veterinary Camps
  • A 10 percent discount on all purchases made in all NC Zoo Society's gift shops
  • A membership decal
  • Access to the Society's members-only picnic decks (behind the Stedman Education Building in North America and behind Leopard Spot Gift Shop in Africa)
  • Invitations to visit the Zoo before normal operating hours at Wake Up with the Animals
  • Invitations to members-only programs and previews

Membership Levels and Tax Deductions*

  • $59 Individual - Benefits for one person.
  • $79 Companion - Benefits for one person and one guest per visit, OR two named adults in the household. (Guest admission is limited to the NC Zoo.)
  • $84 Family - Benefits for two adults who live in the same house and their children who are younger than 18.
  • $104 Family-Plus - Family benefits plus admits one guest per visit. (Guest admission is limited to the NC Zoo.)
  • $84 Grandparent - Benefits for two adults who live in the same house and their grandchildren who are younger than 18.
  • $104 Grandparent-Plus Grandparent benefits plus admits one guest per visit. (Guest admission is limited to the NC Zoo.)
  • $175 Zookeeper* -  Family benefits, a Zoo Society license plate and member can bring two guests into the NC Zoo free on each visit
    (Guest admission is limited to the NC Zoo.)
  • $300 Curator* - Zookeeper benefits plus one more guest per visit. (Guest admission is limited to the NC Zoo.)

    *As of 1997, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service determined that memberships costing less than $75 are fully tax deductible. Please check with your tax adviser to determine the tax-deductability of your membership  Our most recent membership survey found the median size family covered by a family membership to be 4.

Life Membership Levels:
  • $1,500 Director's Guild - Lifelong Family-Plus benefits, 10 guest passes a year, a decorative, unofficial Zoo Society license plate, invitations to an annual Life-Member social, an engraved Life Membership card, a Life Membership Certificate and a Life Membership decal
  • $5,000* President's Club - Lifelong Family-Plus benefits, 10 guest passes a year, an engraved Life Membership card, recognition at the Zoo's entrance, a Life Membership decal, a Life Membership certificate, an invitation to an annual President's Club dinner and tour and a framed wildlife print
  • $5,000*, plus $1,000 annually Conservator's Circle - Lifelong Family-Plus benefits, 10 guest passes a year, an engraved Life Membership card, recognition at the Zoo's entrance, a Life Membership decal, a Life Membership certificate, an invitation to an annual dinner and tour and a framed original Zoo-animal artwork.

* Quarterly and monthly payment options are available for President's Club and Conservator's Circle memberships.  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 a 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 social, or one every three years.  The calculations regarding the value of he social to life members is multiplied by three.


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