Wild gift ideas for last-minute holiday shoppers

December 14, 2011 - 10:22am

The Oregon Zoo has unique gifts for everyone on your list

If you're hoping to track down some truly wild and inspiring holiday gifts, look no further than the Oregon Zoo. The zoo offers many unique and eco-friendly gifts, and purchases help raise funds for the zoo's animal care, conservation and education programs.

Are your loved ones hard to shop for? Make gift-giving easy and "adopt" an animal in their honor through the Zoo Parents sponsorship program. With the zoo's special $75 black rhinoceros sponsorship, the "parent" receives a plush toy, a personalized certificate, a color photo of a black rhino, and more.

Zoo Parent packages begin at $25. Dozens of species are available for sponsorships, and all Zoo Parent packages support the zoo's Future For Wildlife program and the many conservation projects it finances.

Oregon Zoo memberships are always an appreciated gift. Memberships include unlimited zoo admission for a full year; admission benefits at more than 150 zoos nationwide; invitations to member-only events; a one-year subscription to ZooTracks member magazine; and discounts on zoo train rides, camps, classes and ZooStore purchases. Memberships begin at $49.

Zoo gift certificates are available at all entrance kiosks in $5 increments up to $100. Certificates can be used toward admission, for food and retail purchases, or for camps and classes. Regular admission tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase and make great stocking stuffers.

And, of course, the ZooStore is bursting with unique animal-themed gifts, from intricate handmade ornaments to cuddly plush toys. Offerings include a wide variety of eco-friendly and fair-trade products. Shoppers can visit the store without paying zoo admission or shop online.