Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos



Become an Ocelot today!

How Ocelots support San Diego Zoo Global:

Ocelots enthusiastically support the mission of San Diego Zoo Global through active involvement and a commitment to education and fund-raising. Ocelots donate funds to the Ocelots Grants Program, which allows departmental recipients of the grants to purchase much-needed enrichment and special pieces of equipment.

Ocelots also have the opportunity to volunteer for special events and to act as well-informed ambassadors throughout the community, helping to promote San Diego Zoo Global's excellent work and goals for the future.

What We Do:

As an Ocelot, you will experience an insider's look at the Zoo and the Safari Park. You will meet key staff members and have many chances for close and personal visits with rare and endangered animal species through the education programs and behind-the-scenes tours. You will receive the Oceletter, a newsletter, and the quarterly Conservation Report, which highlights the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and its latest research endeavors.

One of the most popular activities is the opportunity to attend bimonthly dinner education programs, highlighting presentations by experts from the Zoo and Safari Park. Ocelots also coordinate special events, behind-the-scenes tours, and new exhibit previews for their members.

Please Come Join Us

To become an Ocelot, you must be at least 21 years of age and a member of San Diego Zoo Global.

Join Ocelots Today! (Member Information and Application)

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Special Events

Each member of Ocelots is invited to a bimonthly educational dinner program. The dinner programs feature animal ambassadors, cocktails, great food, and speakers specializing in animals and conservation. Our members also enjoy special events at the Zoo, Safari Park, and other venues of interest in the community that offer educational experiences.

Upcoming Events/Dinner Program

December 2018 Ocelots newsletter