Chicago Zoological Society Associates (CZS Associates) is a group of volunteers that consists of young professionals from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Joining this exclusive group provides members with vast growth opportunities and incredible benefits.

CZS Associates have access to exciting opportunities for professional and social networking, including after-work functions, special events, family-friendly activities, and popular behind-the-scenes tours at the zoo! The CZS Associates are always looking for fun and innovative ways to support CZS, including their Amazon Wish List project and annual fundraising event, HOWL. 

Who We Are & Our Mission
The Chicago Zoological Society Associates (CZS Associates) is a volunteer group of dedicated young professionals who share an interest in animals and conservation. As Society ambassadors, they support CZS through fundraising events, conservation education, and advocating public awareness for the Zoo’s animals, research, fieldwork, and education programs. Associates provide an essential role in assisting CZS and its future, and further define the CZS Associates’ role and responsibilities supporting a leading zoological institution in the 21st century.



Basic membership requirements for the CZS Associates include the completion of an application and an informal conversation with a member of the CZS Development team and CZS Associates Membership Committee. CZS Associates commit to participation and other expectations, which are reviewed and revised on an annual basis.
Good standing requirements:
•Commit to promoting the mission of the CZS Associates as well as Brookfield Zoo Chicago
•Serve on at least one subcommittee (i.e. Fundraising, Membership, Marketing, or Outreach)
•Meet all minimum attendance requirements for quarterly meetings, recruitment events, and prospecting tours
•Join our valued family of donors by making a minimum charitable donation of $500 in support of the Zoo’s Annual Fund
•Help meet business-related expenses with annual dues of $150.00
•Support one or more CZS special events (i.e. Whirl, Conservation Dinner)

In gratitude for their service and support, CZS Associates enjoy many benefits, which include:
•Professional and social networking opportunities
•Complimentary general admission, parking, and other discounted benefits
•Opportunity to host potential CZS Associates at prospecting tours of the zoo highlighting various animals and exhibits with unique animal experiences
•Priority registration for Zoo Camp
•Discounted tickets to Zoo-wide events
•Invitations to family-friendly events, special previews, and engagement opportunities




The CZS Associates host networking events, happy hours, virtual recruitment opportunities, and prospecting tours on an ongoing basis. Please email to learn more about upcoming events!

If you would like to be considered for membership with the CZS Associates, please e-mail for more information. Our online application will be available soon.