Friends of Sunset Zoo Memberships

Your Passport to Adventure
Friends of Sunset ZooA year-round membership to Sunset Zoo is a terrific value! As a member, you and your family will spend a year exploring the wild forests of Africa, heading down under in Australia, discovering the jungles of Asia and much more! Plus, your membership is instrumental to the Zoo - funding exhibit improvements, Zoo-wide enhancements, professional development of staff and wildlife conservation efforts. 

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About Friends of Sunset Zoo

The Friends of Sunset Zoo (FOSZ) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose members support Sunset Zoo through membership services, donations, advocacy and fundraising. For over 65 years, FOSZ support has helped to expand and enhance the Zoo, educate Zoo staff and conserve wildlife. Since the early 2000s, FOSZ has contributed over $600,000 in support.

FOSZ Board of Directors

The organization is governed by a board of directors. This volunteer board meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm inside the Nature Exploration Center at the Zoo's entryway. Meetings are open to the public. Additionally, each February, an annual membership meeting is held on the third Monday.

FOSZ Board members oversee a variety of activities throughout the year including:
  • Hosting two annual fundraisers, Wine in the Wild & Brew at the Zoo
  • Hosting an annual spring lecture series, Sunset Zoo Presentation
  • Overseeing conservation efforts through the FOSZ Conservation Team
  • Promoting the membership program & serving as ambassadors to the community

2021 Board Officers & Members

  • Matt Guelker, President
  • Melissa Brinkman, Vice President
  • Zeb Elliott, Treasurer
  • Kristin Holt, Secretary
  • Melissa Brinkman, Membership Chair
  • Laura Wallace, Conservation Team Chair
Angela Blankenau, Tamara Burton, Zeb Elliott, Steve Hall, Michi Tobler, Kori Bryant, Kellie Wilson, Kami Poell, Samantha Holloway

Interested in serving on the board? Email us your resume and a brief statement on why you're interested in serving alongside with us.