Bear Necessities

Everyday Needs for the Zoo.

With more than 750 animals and 172 species to feed and care for and over 70 acres to maintain, the costs to run the Zoo are significant! You can help us by funding one or more items from our list of Bear Necessities. Whether you love giraffes and want to help us purchase alfalfa, or want to ensure our elephants get their Vitamin E, your purchase will directly benefit the Zoo. Our animals and staff appreciate your support!


wood wool

Bedding for primates

Time to make the bed! Wood wool is a favorite of our primates to make their nests for naps and nighttime rest. Help encourage the natural nesting behavior of our gorillas and orangutans by donating bedding today!

1/2 bale = $17.50
1 bale = $35
2 bales = $70


marmot and sloth diet

Groceries for marmosets (and sloths!)

No bad apples here! Our marmosets and sloths enjoy a specially-formulated diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Help keep them happy and healthy by donating to their daily diet!

1/2 tray = $17.50
1 tray = $35
2 trays = $70


Looky Lou mirror

Here’s looking at you. A “Looky Lou” is an animal-safe mirror enjoyed by a many animals throughout the Zoo. With your donation, our animals will soon realize just how cute we think they are!

10″ mirror = $129
14″ mirror = $153
26″ mirror = $297


Boomer Ball

Let’s get the ball rolling! A Boomer Ball is the sturdy, hollow plastic ball we use to keep many animals at the Zoo active and engaged. Donate a boomer ball today and know that your donation is helping to enrich some of your favorite animals.

10″ ball = $48
20″ ball = $140
30″ ball = $325


Groceries for gorilla

Come and get it! Our gorillas enjoy a specially-formulated diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Donate toward their daily diet today and know that you’ve helped contribute to their next happy, post-lunch nap!

1/2 day = $60
1 day = $120
3 days = $360


Alfalfa for giraffe

A herd of giraffe walk into a restaurant … As you can imagine, the giraffe here eat a lot of food each day. Support the iconic animals of CMZoo, by making a donation of alfalfa today – they’ll love you for it!

1 bale = $12
1 day = $60
1 month = $1,800



Medicine for the animals

Animals need antibiotics, too! Did you know you can donated antibiotics to help vet staff treat and avoid infections in our animals? Sometimes caring for our animals requires more than groceries and every-day enrichment – donate to help vet staff today!

1 500mg bottle = $43
2 500mg bottles = $86
3 500mg bottles = $129

colobus monkey

Healthy fats for Colobus monkeys

Potassium, Vitamins B and Vitamin E – what’s not to love about avocados? As a part of their diet, our Colobus monkeys get an avacado a day. Make a donation today and contribute directly to their healthy diet!

1 dozen = $16
2 dozen = $32
3 dozen = $48



Dietary supplements for orangutans

Benefiber isn’t just for humans! Our Sumatran and Bornean orangutans get a Benefiber tablet every day to keep their systems in tip-top shape. By donating something as simple as Benefiber to our orangutans, you do a world of help for their overall health!

1 bottle = $20
2 bottles = $40
1 year supply = $240



Creepy critters for meerkats

Bugs and meal worms? Lunch is served! Keep our energetic mob of meerkat happy with one of their favorite snacks. Not only is it packed full of protein, but bugs are a natural part of a meerkat diet – donate this delicious treat today!

1,000 = $10
2,000 = $20
5,000 = $50

Western lowland gorilla

Burlap enrichment for great apes

It’s all about the simple things in life! Did you know that burlap is a favorite enrichment item among our great apes? Trust us when we say that this simple gift will go a long way. Donate to our great apes today!

5 yards = $15
6 month supply = $30
1 year supply = $60

Siamang gibbon

Groceries for gibbons (and orangutans!)

#eatyourveggies! Our gibbons and orangutans enjoy leafy greens every day, which provides them with a great source of vitamins and nutrients. Show a little love by donating leafy greens today!

1 month supply = $22
2 months supply = $44
3 months supply = $66

black-footed ferrets

Foodstuffs for black-footed ferrets

Did you know black-footed ferrets are carnivores? As a part of their daily diet, we provide them with the meat their strong jaws and sharp teeth are made for. Help keep our black-footed ferrets ready for release with a donation to their diet today!

1 day = $12
2 days = $24
1 week = $84


Moose chow for Tahoma

Moose are big and our moose, Tahoma, is no exception! A big eater, he eats 25 lbs. of moose chow every day! Help satisfy is enormous diet with your donation.

1 day = $12.50
2 days = $25
1 week = $87.50


green & black poison dart frog

Habitat enrichment for amphibians

What’s so special about moss? Like a humidifier, amphibians enjoy moss in their exhibits because it provides humidity. Additionally, moss is used for laying and incubating eggs. Make our amphibians feel right at home with a donation of moss today!

1 bag = $35
2 bags = $70
3 bags = $105

snow leopard

Essential eats for big catss

What sounds best to a big cat? How about a heart, tongue or liver? As carnivores, these things are among their favorite and most nutritious treats! Donate this today and you’ll be sure to make our cats happy.

1 month supply = $50
2 months supply = $100
3 year supply = $600

golden-lion tamarin

PB & J for primates

How do you take your medicine? Here at the Zoo, a peanut butter, jelly and honey sandwich can help hide medicine to ensure our primates take theirs. A donation of this necessity goes a long way to help vet staff help our animals!

1 month supply = $23
6 months supply = $138
3 year supply = $276

plain's zebra

Stall mats for hoofed friends

Make your donation hoof-hearted. From our giraffe herd, to our zebras, okapi and tapirs, stall mats are a vital part of any indoor enclosure for CMZoo’s “hoofstock.” Help create a comfortable surface for these animals when they come in for the night – make a donation today!

1 mat = $45
2 mats = $90
5 mats = $225

grizzly bear

Trout for Rocky Mountain Wild

Do you know who loves trout at CMZoo? Our grizzly bears and river otters (and they eat a lot of trout every day)! Donate this delicious fish to our “cuddly” friends in RMW – they’ll think you’re a catch!

2 day supply = $13
1 week supply = $45
1 month supply = $195

African elephant

“E” is for elephant (Vitamin E that is)

As you can see, vitamins are an important daily regimen for our animals – especially antioxidants! Our girls love their vitamins. Donate to their well-being today and you can say you helped the 10,000 pound African elephants stay happy and healthy. (When we spell elephant, we never forget Vitamin “E”!)

1 one-litre bottle = $166
2 one-litre bottles = $332
3 one-litre bottles = $498

Keeper training

AZA training for our dedicated staff

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) hosts annual training programs for zoo professionals in animal management, conservation and exhibits. Sponsor one of our staff members and help give them the tools and training needed to provide the best care for our Zoo animals!

1 staff person = $1,800