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Santa Barbara Zoo Phoenix Society
Leaving your Children a Legacy of Giving
By Elaine K. Mah Best,
Vice President of Advancement & Marketing

One the greatest privileges of being a parent is experiencing the Zoo through my child’s eyes. I can vividly recall the first time my son’s tiny hand was slimed by Michael the giraffe’s long tongue, the first time he was brave enough to slide down the anthill on his own, and the first time he sat face to face with a gorilla on the other side of the viewing window—as they seemingly were equally interested in each other.

These “firsts” are nothing short of magical. While my son might not remember each and every Zoo experience when he gets older, I know that I’ll never forget the feeling I have as I experience the Zoo through his eyes. These moments, these “firsts,” are made possible because of you: our members, our donors, and our Zoo community.

You can deepen your impact at the Santa Barbara Zoo by becoming a member of the Phoenix Society. All you need to do is add a couple sentences to your will that leave a set amount or percentage of your estate to the Zoo after you are gone. When you do this, you will join 97 visionary and caring individuals (just like you) who love the Santa Barbara Zoo and decided to include the Zoo in their estate plans as a way to preserve their Zoo memories, help conserve species, and ensure that future generations of parents, children, and friends have the opportunity to experience “firsts” at the Santa Barbara Zoo for years to come.

“I have always had a strong love for children and animals. Our Zoo is a very special place that brings families together for lifetime memories all while protecting critical animals. My kids grew up visiting the Zoo on a weekly basis, going to summer camp, and attending all of the wonderful events hosted at the Zoo. I became a Phoenix Society member because I wanted to make sure that after my death I could continue to help our Zoo thrive for future generations of families and help protect endangered animal species. I wanted to leave my children a legacy of giving that they would then continue to carry on.” 
Kelly Jensen, Phoenix Society Member
Santa Barbara Zoo Phoenix Society Members
Santa Barbara Phoenix Society logo
Anonymous (10)
Alvarado Voss Trust
Jane Bearinger
Russel Harold Behm†
Catherine Craig Bordé
Shirley S. & Harry J. Bordé
Helen J. Brown
Bob & Lynn† Burtness
The Caleel Family
William Colville†
Victoria & Joseph Conley†
Bob & Desiree Covington
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Crawford
John Dixon
Adrienne Doll†
Richard A. Edick†
Marjorie Ehlen
Elisabeth E. Elkin†
Mr. & Mrs. T. L. Ellis
Mr. Richards K. Farnham†
Mildred G. Federico†
Rhonda Henderson & Ben Feld
Richard & Esther FitzGerald†
Denise & William Frazier†
Mary Anne & James Fullerton†
Ellen Gale & Bill Larson
Paul & Mary Genis
Lee L. Gilbert†
Leslie & Alan Gilder
Knud Hansen†
Judith Hogan†
Marguerite Holman†
Thomas E. Hugunin & Elenore H. Hugunin†
Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley
Julie C. Isabelle
Kelly Jensen
Shelley & Paul Johnson
Frank Jordano†
Barbara A. Joseph†
The Kallman Family†
Rose Karat†
Ellen G. Keeter†
Mr. & Mrs. William H. Kistler
Stephen H. & Louise B. Komp
Karen Kuett Lee†
Mr. William Little†
Rosemary Livingston
Larry & Jeanne Lovelace
Elizabeth & Joseph MacPhee
Melinda & Dean Mars
William D. McBride†
Pamela & Bryan McCabe
Edward “Ted” R. & Nancy H. McToldridge
Ms. Esther Mlynek†
Thea Mosca†
Mr. William W. Murfey†
Gary & Anna Nett
Gretchen D. Notley
The Offen Family in memory of Henry W. Offen
Carol & Bob Olivera
George Ostertag†
Susan Painter
Jane Vruwink Palmer
Mr. Harold A. Parma†
Alma & Clifford Pearson†
Diane L. Pearson†
Dennis Power
Mr. LeRoy A. Rayle†
Ruth B. & Lawrence B. Renihan†
Brian & Judy Robertson
Cathy Romero
Natalie & Matthew Rowe & Family
Peggy & John Russell
Mr. David A. Silvian
The Simpson Family
Dorothy B. Smith†
Jay & Sally Smith & Family
Denise Stevens & Quentin Panek
Ms. Henriella G. Stiles†
Lynda & Bud Stuart
Wendy & Fred Tazartes
Bob & Leah Temkin
Leslie S. Thomas
Norma Varden†
Paul & Debra Vaughan
Jean & Davis von Wittenburg
Louise & Lionel Weiss†
Lois & Otis Williams†
Eleanor Cooper Wright
Santa Barbara Phoenix Society logo
Anonymous (10)
Alvarado Voss Trust
Jane Bearinger
Russel Harold Behm†
Catherine Craig Bordé
Shirley S. & Harry J. Bordé
Helen J. Brown
Bob & Lynn† Burtness
The Caleel Family
William Colville†
Victoria & Joseph Conley†
Bob & Desiree Covington
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Crawford
John Dixon
Adrienne Doll†
Richard A. Edick†
Marjorie Ehlen
Elisabeth E. Elkin†
Mr. & Mrs. T. L. Ellis
Mr. Richards K. Farnham†
Mildred G. Federico†
Rhonda Henderson & Ben Feld
Richard & Esther FitzGerald†
Denise & William Frazier†
Mary Anne & James Fullerton†
Ellen Gale & Bill Larson
Paul & Mary Genis
Lee L. Gilbert†
Leslie & Alan Gilder
Knud Hansen†
Judith Hogan†
Marguerite Holman†
Thomas E. Hugunin & Elenore H. Hugunin†
Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley
Julie C. Isabelle
Kelly Jensen
Shelley & Paul Johnson
Frank Jordano†
Barbara A. Joseph†
The Kallman Family†
Rose Karat†
Ellen G. Keeter†
Mr. & Mrs. William H. Kistler
Stephen H. & Louise B. Komp
Karen Kuett Lee†
Mr. William Little†
Rosemary Livingston
Larry & Jeanne Lovelace
Elizabeth & Joseph MacPhee
Melinda & Dean Mars
William D. McBride†
Pamela & Bryan McCabe
Edward “Ted” R. & Nancy H. McToldridge
Ms. Esther Mlynek†
Thea Mosca†
Mr. William W. Murfey†
Gary & Anna Nett
Gretchen D. Notley
The Offen Family in memory of Henry W. Offen
Carol & Bob Olivera
George Ostertag†
Susan Painter
Jane Vruwink Palmer
Mr. Harold A. Parma†
Alma & Clifford Pearson†
Diane L. Pearson†
Dennis Power
Mr. LeRoy A. Rayle†
Ruth B. & Lawrence B. Renihan†
Brian & Judy Robertson
Cathy Romero
Natalie & Matthew Rowe & Family
Peggy & John Russell
Mr. David A. Silvian
The Simpson Family
Dorothy B. Smith†
Jay & Sally Smith & Family
Denise Stevens & Quentin Panek
Ms. Henriella G. Stiles†
Lynda & Bud Stuart
Wendy & Fred Tazartes
Bob & Leah Temkin
Leslie S. Thomas
Norma Varden†
Paul & Debra Vaughan
Jean & Davis von Wittenburg
Louise & Lionel Weiss†
Lois & Otis Williams†
Eleanor Cooper Wright
Anonymous (10)
Alvarado Voss Trust
Jane Bearinger
Russel Harold Behm†
Catherine Craig Bordé
Shirley S. & Harry J. Bordé
Helen J. Brown
Bob & Lynn† Burtness
The Caleel Family
William Colville†
Victoria & Joseph Conley†
Bob & Desiree Covington
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Crawford
John Dixon
Adrienne Doll†
Richard A. Edick†
Marjorie Ehlen
Elisabeth E. Elkin†
Mr. & Mrs. T. L. Ellis
Mr. Richards K. Farnham†
Mildred G. Federico†
Rhonda Henderson & Ben Feld
Richard & Esther FitzGerald†
Denise & William Frazier†
Mary Anne & James Fullerton†
Ellen Gale & Bill Larson
Paul & Mary Genis
Lee L. Gilbert†
Leslie & Alan Gilder
Knud Hansen†
Judith Hogan†
Marguerite Holman†
Thomas E. Hugunin & Elenore H. Hugunin†
Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley
Julie C. Isabelle
Kelly Jensen
Shelley & Paul Johnson
Frank Jordano†
Barbara A. Joseph†
The Kallman Family†
Rose Karat†
Ellen G. Keeter†
Mr. & Mrs. William H. Kistler
Stephen H. & Louise B. Komp
Karen Kuett Lee†
Mr. William Little†
Rosemary Livingston
Larry & Jeanne Lovelace
Elizabeth & Joseph MacPhee
Melinda & Dean Mars
William D. McBride†
Pamela & Bryan McCabe
Edward “Ted” R. & Nancy H. McToldridge
Ms. Esther Mlynek†
Thea Mosca†
Mr. William W. Murfey†
Gary & Anna Nett
Gretchen D. Notley
The Offen Family in memory of Henry W. Offen
Carol & Bob Olivera
George Ostertag†
Susan Painter
Jane Vruwink Palmer
Mr. Harold A. Parma†
Alma & Clifford Pearson†
Diane L. Pearson†
Dennis Power
Mr. LeRoy A. Rayle†
Ruth B. & Lawrence B. Renihan†
Brian & Judy Robertson
Cathy Romero
Natalie & Matthew Rowe & Family
Peggy & John Russell
Mr. David A. Silvian
The Simpson Family
Dorothy B. Smith†
Jay & Sally Smith & Family
Denise Stevens & Quentin Panek
Ms. Henriella G. Stiles†
Lynda & Bud Stuart
Wendy & Fred Tazartes
Bob & Leah Temkin
Leslie S. Thomas
Norma Varden†
Paul & Debra Vaughan
Jean & Davis von Wittenburg
Louise & Lionel Weiss†
Lois & Otis Williams†
Eleanor Cooper Wright
Find more information about the Zoo’s Phoenix Society online or call (805) 962-5339.