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Eric Kilby

Leave a Legacy

Make a bequest and be part of the Zoos’ history


A simple way to make a meaningful gift to our Zoos is to make provisions in your will. You can leave a certain dollar amount, specific property or a portion or remainder of your estate to Zoo New England.

There’s no limit to the amount you can leave, and all bequests are free from federal estate taxes.

If you would like more information, or if you decide to name Zoo New England in your will or trust, please notify the Development department at 617-989-2012 or email development@zoonewengland.com

To name Zoo New England in your will or trust, we recommend the following language:

While you should always seek the advice of a qualified professional when planning the disposition of your estate, the following language may be useful to you and your attorney as you review ways in which you can best include Zoo New England in your will or revocable trust.

  • For a specific amount. "I bequeath to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation DBA Zoo New England, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Federal Tax ID # 043-129-124), the sum of _______ dollars ($_____) for its general purposes."
  • For a percentage of your estate. "I bequeath to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation DBA Zoo New England, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Federal Tax ID # 043-129-124), ___% of my adjusted gross estate as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes."
  • For combining a Percentage and a Specific Bequest. “I leave the greater of (X)% of my estate or $(X) to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation DBA Zoo New England, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Federal Tax ID # 043-129-124).”
  • For a specific piece of property. "I bequeath to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation DBA Zoo New England, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Federal Tax ID # 043-129-124) my _________ (art collection, etc.)."
  • For your residual estate. "I devise and bequeath the remainder of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and wherever situate, to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation DBA Zoo New England, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Federal Tax ID # 043-129-124)."
  • For a specific purpose. "I bequeath to the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation DBA Zoo New England, One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Federal Tax ID # 043-129-124), the sum of _______ dollars ($________) to be used for _________________."

Zoo New England can assist you with understanding how to include us in your estate plans. Please let us know how we can help.