The porridge is not too hot, and the chair is not too big, but unlike Goldilocks and her bears, the bed will soon be a new habitat at the Central Florida Zoo for three confiscated bears.

There has never been a more urgent time than now to educate the community of Central Florida about living with the Florida black bear.  Our community has grown exponentially and we have encroached on a valuable and necessary part of our Florida ecosystem – the Florida black bear.

These bears have great stories to tell. The Zoo will be home to a bear that attacked a Seminole County resident in 2013, and two cubs rescued from a home in Georgia in 2014.  It is vital to all of us to learn to coexist and to enjoy our surroundings without concern and fear and to be inspired by the beautiful and lively nature that makes Central Florida home.  Having these magnificent creatures at the Zoo allows our team of educators to offer real-life instruction to over 300,000 visitors, and residents, each year.

HELP US TODAY to raise contributions to educate the residents of Florida by supporting our “bear house” where our docents and team of educators will use real-life instruction to educate our visitors, and provide an exciting habitat for our bears to live out their lives.  This education model is paramount to the Zoo’s mission: to be a conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.

Your support will provide a home for these bears that the Central Florida community can enjoy and learn from for many years to come.


Adopt-A-Bear!  – $100

Your adoption  packet will include a beautiful plush bear, Keeper’s  notes,   photograph, adoption certificate, and 2 admission tickets to the Zoo to share with  family   and friends.

Bear Cub Member – $250 Annually

  • You will receive recognition in the Zoo’s Annual Report
  • Invitation to an  exclusive pre-opening reception of the Florida Black Bear Habitat
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos nationwide
  • Invitation to an  exclusive Members’ Only Nite Hike
  • Four Zoo admission tickets to share with family and friends
  • A special Central Florida Zoo gift
  • A guided tour of the Zoo

Bear Club Member – $500 Annually

You will receive all the benefits from above PLUS:

  • An invitation to an exclusive Florida Black Bear program
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo
  • Annual Family Zoo pass to give as a gift

Bear Aware Member – $80 Monthly

It takes close to $1,000 to feed a bear for a year!  And with your donation of $80 a month, you will help the Zoo feed our bears for a year!   You will receive all the benefits from above PLUS you will receive an Adopt-A-Bear packet as a gift!

Bear Advocate Member – $1,000 Annually

You will receive all the benefits from above PLUS:

  • You will sponsor a disadvantaged group of 25 for a Zoo visit
  • You will receive a private “Lunch with the Animals” – luncheon for up to six guests hosted by the Zoo’s President & CEO.

Bears – Donate Other Amount (Your Choice)

Help the Zoo build a Florida Black Bear Habitat and assist our  Bear Aware education programs for children-of-all-ages  in Central Florida!