Frequently Asked Questions


How long will the Name a Pollinator recognition page be up on the zoo’s website?

Indefinitely! We’ll update the list of names periodically throughout the summer.

Where can I find my pollinator’s name on the zoo’s website?

The Name a Pollinator onsite recognition list is available online.

How soon will my pollinator’s name on view on the zoo’s website?

It may take us a week to add your pollinator’s name to the recognition list but we will continuously update the list throughout the summer.

Is there a limit to the number of characters in my pollinator’s name or restrictions on what I can name my butterfly?

We ask that you please limit your pollinator’s name to 30 characters, including spaces. Woodland Park Zoo promotes a family-friendly environment, so please keep all pollinator names in that spirit. Woodland Park Zoo reserves the right to exclude pollinator names on recognition signage at our discretion.

How will you deliver my digital certificate to me?

Please remember to supply your email address when naming your butterfly so that we can deliver your digital certificate and your tax receipt to you via email.

When will I receive my digital certificate?

When making your gift online, Name a Butterfly digital certificates are sent to the email address you have provided immediately after you submit your contribution. If you made your gift through the mail, over the phone, in person at the zoo or during Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG, you will receive your digital certificate via the email address you provided within a week of receipt of your gift. Please contact us at or 206.548.2491 with questions or special requests.

I’d like to make a gift during GiveBIG, Seattle Foundation’s community wide day of giving on May 2 and 3. Can I still name a pollinator if I make my gift through GiveBIG?

Yes! Our Donor Relations team will reach out to you to collect your selected pollinator species (hummingbird, bee, butterfly) and name and will email you your digital certificate when you have provided this information. Please feel free to reach out to us directly to provide your choices at or 206.548.2491.

What is the price to name a pollinator at Woodland Park Zoo?

There is not a fixed price for the opportunity to name a butterfly, bee or hummingbird at Woodland Park Zoo. We ask that you make a gift to the zoo’s Annual Fund in an amount that is meaningful to you. Gifts of all sizes make an important difference in our work to preserve pollinator habitats, restore threatened butterfly populations and educations millions of visitors about the importance of biodiversity.

How will the zoo use the proceeds from the Name a Pollinator campaign?

Name a Pollinator gifts support Woodland Park Zoo’s Annual Fund, which helps sustain all operations at your community zoo, including daily animal care, veterinary check-ups and procedures, engaging educational programming and vital conservation initiatives, like our butterfly conservation lab that’s working to repopulate the Oregon Silverspot butterfly, a native Northwest species.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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