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Gunda’s Circle

Be a part of something big:
Gunda’s Circle.

Leave a legacy.

When the first elephant, Gunda, arrived at the Tulsa Zoo in 1954, no one could have imagined the impact she would have on the community or the legacy she would leave behind.

As our matriarch for over 60 years, Gunda impacted the lives of millions with her loyal and gentle soul and allowed guests to gain insight and personal appreciation for her species in the care of an AZA-accredited zoo. Because of her legacy and the connections she made, the Tulsa Zoo can continue to inspire future generations in its mission of Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People, and Wild Places.

You, too, can leave a legacy with the Tulsa Zoo through a planned gift in your will or estate plans. Whether through cash or donating assets, the possibilities are endless and the results impactful. The Tulsa Zoo offers the services of a professional estate planning specialist at no cost to you through The Advancement Group. To set up a consultation, contact Mark Loeber at 918.491.0079 or



When you make a minimum planned gift of $1,000 and add the Tulsa Zoo to your will or estate plans, you become a member of a very special group, Gunda’s Circle, and will receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition within the new front entry of the zoo
  • Recognition in annual report
  • Invitation to annual recognition breakfast
  • Invitation to exhibit openings and special previews at the zoo
  • Individualized behind-the-scenes tour for you and your family (offered annually)
  • Commemorative glass plaque with photo of Gunda
  • Personalized certificate in honor of your thoughtfulness and generosity

For additional information, contact Monica Ericson-Simmons or 918.669.6891