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SAFE Silent Auction

Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo is honored to host the 2024 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference, September 14 – 19, in Calgary, Alberta.

We are also excited to support AZA’s conservation grants programs with the proceeds from the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction Silent Auction. Annually, the Silent Auction has been a successful fundraising tool for AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund for collaborative conservation and we look forward to continuing the tradition in Calgary. Your participation in the auction helps support more than 40 SAFE species programs across the globe!

With the growing number of SAFE species and increasing member engagement, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom is challenging AZA to meet a $100,000 grant match challenge! In 2024, we need your help to reach the $100,000 mark to double the funds donated to AZA SAFE!

As a Commercial Member Engagement Council member and key partner of AZA, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom features many AZA institutions and SAFE species on its Emmy-nominated television series. Together we are saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction. And, together we can see a world where all animals thrive and all people respect, value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.

Your involvement is critical to meeting the matching grant challenge!

Please help us take advantage of this matching grant challenge by donating a unique or specialty auction item highlighting your facility, programs, or partners you support for the 2024 Annual Conference. Share this invitation with your own staff, volunteers, and Board members to encourage them to make a personal item donation to the Auction. The donation will have a direct impact on the important work conducted by your staff and colleagues to save animals from extinction. Items will be bid on by attendees during the AZA Annual Conference.

Please review the auction donation instructions before submitting information to the online form. You will first upload a picture of your donation, then you'll be able to provide the additional required information. We are encouraging donors to submit a picture of their item only, and to not send their item to the Calgary Zoo. This way you don't have to complete duties/customs paperwork or pay fees required when shipping to Canada. You will instead ship the item directly to the winner after the Conference.

If you have questions about the Auction, please contact Emily Craddock, Coordinator, Special Experiences, Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

Bid on Items at the Conference!

Bidding on Silent Auction items will take place a little different this year. It will be an online auction with some items being physically in the Exhibit Hall and others will be pictures of the donated items. Bidding will still close on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 pm MT.

More information will be available soon!