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Henry Vilas Zoo

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Sports & Recreation


606 South Randall AveMadison, WI 53715 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The purpose of The Friends of the Zoo is to raise funds to promote and support the programs and activities of the Henry Vilas Zoo.

To achieve our purpose, we work in partnership with the Henry Vilas Zoo to:

  • Provide EDUCATION about the animal world.
  • Support CONSERVATION of animals and their habitat.
  • Enhance quality RECREATION and foster community pride.
  • Acquire animals and create and/or improve exhibits.
  • Raise and accept funds to accomplish these endeavors.


Friends of the Zoo helps keep the Henry Vilas Zoo free to the Madison community. Our volunteers and interns play an extremely important role in providing quality services to the many guests who utilize The Friends of the Zoo's services and programs.


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