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A lasting gift in your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will to Taronga is one of the most significant ways to help those animals that need it most. Whether large or small, your donation will positively impact towards a brighter shared future for wildlife and people.

How to leave a gift in your Will

A bequest is an instruction in your Will to leave a gift (money, property or other asset) to a specific person, organisation or charity. Your Will is an important document that must be properly prepared and executed and we recommend that you seek legal advice when writing or updating your Will to ensure that your wishes are met.

After your loved ones are provided for, you may want to consider leaving a gift to Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

There are several types of bequests, which include:

  • Residuary: The remainder of your estate
  • Percentage: A percentage of your estate
  • Pecuniary: A fixed cash amount
  • A specific asset: A fixed asset such as shares, real estate or other particular items of value
  • Alternate: in the event that your Executor is unable to distribute some part of your estate (for example if a nominated beneficiary predeceases you).

Once you have decided on the type of gift you would like to leave the next steps are:

  • Consult a solicitor
  • Make your Will or update it. A codicil can be added to your existing Will noting the change (This can be done via written/email exchange and signing the amendment at the solicitor).
  • Include in your Will the type of gift you wish to give to charity. Click here for suggested wording.

For more information

If you would like discuss your wishes or have any further questions please contact Diane van de Merwe for a confidential chat or come and meet us at Taronga Zoo, on Bradleys Head Road in Mosman.

Tel: (02) 9978 4573
Email: bequests@zoo.nsw.gov.au
Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Bequest Team
PO Box 20
Mosman NSW 2088

Jacqueline Crookston, generous donor and bequestor

Jacqueline Crookston - Generous Bequestor

A bequest, left by the late Jacqueline Crookston, enabled the Taronga Wildlife Hospital to purchase a much needed digital x-ray machine. The new equipment now makes it possible to radiograph any creature from the world's smallest gliding mammal to the large and rather muscular Red Kangaroos. Providing amazing detail and flexibility, the new system makes veterinary diagnosis easier and speedier, limiting the amount of time animals need to be under anaesthetic.