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“I have loved animals all my life and it gives me great pleasure to help them receive the best husbandry and veterinary care possible.”
Jacqueline Crookston, generous donor and bequestor

When you choose to leave a gift to Taronga in your Will, you are pledging to help us look after our animals at Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo.  You are also helping to ensure a future for native and exotic animals for generations to come through our conservation programs. Your gift, however large or small, helps us continue to care for our animals and ensure that our zoos remain a place of wonder, beauty and learning for our children and our children’s children. 

Taronga has cared for animals for nearly 100 years. As well as providing the very best care for our zoo residents, we have always accepted injured and sick native wildlife. We built the first wildlife hospital in Australia. A gift in your Will ensures you will play your part in safeguarding our animals and those brought to us for expert care, for another 100 years and beyond.

If you choose to remember us in your Will, we hope you will consider joining our Friends of the Future legacy club. Membership is open to everyone who has left Taronga a gift in their Will, and enables us to acknowledge your gift of a legacy during your lifetime. As a Friend of the Future you will receive invitations to special events, updates on what’s happening at our Zoos and acknowledgement on special occasions. You will hear about our breeding successes with endangered animals such as Asian Elephants, Tasmanian Devils and many more.  You'll also get to meet others who, like you, support the work of the Taronga Foundation. Of course, whether or not you choose to join Friends of the Future, your privacy is respected at all times.

If you are considering supporting Taronga through a gift in your Will, we encourage you to contact us for a confidential chat.

Please send us an e-mail, phone or write to us if you are interested in finding out more about remembering Taronga in your Will.

Recognising your Support 

At Taronga, we recognise your legacy with a plaque at our Partners in Conservation Gallery near Taronga Zoo’s top entrance.  Plaques acknowledging our benefactors who have passed on are placed in alphabetical order by surname under the heading ‘Friends of the Future’. In this way, friends and family can be comforted in the knowledge that their loved one’s values live on and are appreciated and publicly recognised.  Naturally, we respect your wishes if you prefer your gift to remain anonymous. 

For a confidential chat, please contact Sharon Hodgson or Fran O’Brien at the Taronga Foundation:

Sharon Hodgson, Senior Relationship Manager
(Monday to Friday) 

Phone: +61 2 9978 4689
Email: shodgson@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Fran O’Brien, Bequest Officer
(Monday to Wednesday)

Phone: +61 2 9978 4573
Email: fobrien@zoo.nsw.gov.au

Making your Will

Making your Will
Planning a will can be a complicated process, but if you plan to leave a gift to Taronga, a free advice service is available to help ensure your wishes are carried out.