African lions with their range rover

Cars for Conservation

We’re not ‘lion’; your old vehicle can make a real impact in wildlife conservation!

Donate Your Car and Help Save Animals!

Interested in donating your vehicle to an organization you believe in? It's easy to support the San Diego Zoo’s worldwide animal conservation efforts and clean out your garage at the same time.

We will gladly accept the following vehicles, no matter their condition:

  • Airplanes / helicopters
  • Boats
  • Cars
  • Farm equipment
  • Horse trailers
  • Motorcycles / mopeds
  • RVs / campers
  • Semi-Tractors
  • SUVs
  • Trucks

Here's how it works:

  • Just call toll free 1-888-ZOO-CAR-9 or send an e-mail to speak to a Vehicle Donation Representative. Our representative will schedule a pickup that's convenient for you, as well as provide you with confirmation of your donation.
  • For more information, you may contact us by e-mail using this online form.

Tax Benefits:

  • If the gross proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle are $500 or more, and if you provide your Social Security number to our representative at the time of your donation, you will also receive an IRS tax form 1098-C stating the sale price of the vehicle. This amount is what you actually claim on your itemized tax return.
  • According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.


Donate Online
Become a member
A New Home for Galapagos Tortoises
Adopt an animal
Zoo Newsletters | FAQ | Contact Us | Media | About Us | Zoo Jobs | Disabled Access
El Zoo en Español | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

Our vision: to become a world leader at connecting people to wildlife and conservation.