MASKS REQUIRED. Education building and herpetarium are closed. During the winter months animals may not be visible as they have access to holding areas.

Wish List

Planning the daily care, feeding, and enrichment of our 150+ animals is no easy task! The cost of the items we need every day can add up, but donations can help us provide the best possible care. Below is a list of household and easy-to-find items that we use on a regular basis. If you have a favorite animal that you'd like to purchase a specialty item for, check out our Amazon.com Wish List; from chew toys for the chinchilla and rabbits to heavy-duty plastic barrels and balls for the big cats, there's an amazing assortment of items to choose from. 

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Please remember: Food items need to be in their original, unopened package and within their expiration date. If you have questions about any donated item please contact the Zoo Curator at 806-681-5612. 

  • Medium and Large bird toys and perches
  • Kitty litter (clumping kind)
  • Rawhide chews (all sizes and flavors)
  • Large Kong dog toys and treat fillers
  • Paper bags (all sizes)
  • Large empty kegs (for lion and tiger toys)
  • Newspaper, phone books, boxes
  • Empty carpet tubes
  • Cob bedding (at Texotic Pets)
  • Carefresh bedding (neutral tan color, at Petco or Petsmart)
  • Sugar-free jello (all flavors)
  • Breakfast bars (Nutrigrain fruit bars)
  • Fig newtons or other fruit newtons
  • Peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • Fruit and vegetable juices (all natural, no added sugar)
  • Jams, jellies and marmalades (all natural, no added sugar)
  • Cheerios or Raisin Bran or store brand equivalent—for spider monkey, lemur or black bear treats
  • Pasta (uncooked, all shapes)
  • Dried herbs and spices (i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, oregano, basil, catnip, chili powder, rosemary, thyme, cloves, non-salt herbs)
  • Extracts (any flavor)
  • Animal scents (i.e. deer urine, fox urine, etc.—at sporting good stores)
  • Bath towels (new or gently used—no holes or frayed edges)
  • Fleece blankets (new or gently used—no holes or frayed edges)
  • Pillowcases (new or gently used—king size only)
  • Tarps (all sizes)
  • Play sand (for reptile exhibits)
  • Eco Earth substrate for reptiles (at Petco or Petsmart)
  • Repti-Bark substrate for reptiles (at Petco or Petsmart)
  • Mixed nuts in shells (walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts—for bird treats)
  • Dried fruit mixes (bananas, raisins, cranberries, apricots, plums, mango, etc.)
  • Honey (for black bears)
  • Whole rolled oats or oatmeal (for keeping mealworms)
  • Mealworms (for reptiles)
  • Chinchilla dust
  • Chew toys (for rabbits, chinchillas and prairie dogs)
  • Large plastic exercise wheel (for hedgehog)
  • Greens (turnip, collard, mustard, dandelion—for reptiles)
  • Seasonal fruits (i.e. melons, pomegranates, berries)
  • Jolly Balls (for horses and donkeys)
  • 5-gal timed scatter feeder (5-gal Moultrie timed feeder from Gander Mtn.—for hoofstock and black bears)
  • Heated water bowls (at Petco or Petsmart)
  • Ice cube trays (various shapes and sizes for making frozen enrichments)
  • Enrichment items from Otto Environmental
  • Enrichment items from Boomerball
  • Enrichment items from Aussie Dog
  • Gift cards are always appreciated (from pet stores such as Petco, Petsmart and Texotic Pets; feed stores such as Gebo’s, Rancher’s Supply and Bushland Mercantile; Home Depot, Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Walmart)

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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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