Sunset Zoological Park & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Providing a Long-Term Future for Sunset Zoo


The Sunset Zoological Park and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Sunset Zoo Trust) was created in 1992 to foster the future of Sunset Zoo and provide a means for planned giving. The Sunset Zoo Trust provides many options for individuals to support Sunset Zoo and keep it a vital part of the Manhattan community.

The Zoo Trust is a not-for-profit organization and supports the Zoo through long-term investments. The volunteer organization manages over $400,000 in assets. An executive board oversees the organization and meets monthly. The full membership meets quarterly at 5:30pm on the last Monday of the month inside the Nature Exploration Center at the Zoo's entryway. Meetings are open to the public.

2022 Trust Members

Janet Cooper, President
Bev Fulton, Past President
Joe Farrar, Vice President
Marla Day, Secretary
Larry Fox, Treasurer
Mimi Balderson, Member at Large
Mary Carter, Member at Large
Trisha CashMember at Large
Nancy Knopp, Member at Large
Bob Shannon, Member at Large
Linda Wassberg, Member at Large
Doug WileyMember at Large

Stephen & Deloris Berland, Dan & Beth Bird, Jerry & Barbara Boettcher, Dale & Susanne Bradley, Ben & Tamara Burton, John & Bonnie Devore, David Carter, Steve Cooper,  Dwight Day, Nancy Farrar, Marilyn Fox,  Rick Fulton, Charlie & Kate Gillum, Kevin & Sherri Gwinner, Bob & Lynne Haines, Fred & Kathy Hasler, Jolene Hill, Ken & Judy Hughey, Nathan & Jamie Karlin, Ellen Knackendoffel, Joe Knopp, John & Karin Matta, Philip & Carol Mattox, Greg & Pat McCune, Kevin & Jenny Murdock, Jon & Kathy Murdock, Steve & Deanna Nitschke, Terry Olson, John & Karen Pence, Lee & Cindy Penner, Katie Philp, Shannon Reilly, Chuck & Sue Rice, Tracy Robinson, Garrett & Stevie Stewart, Elaine Shannon, John & Marlyn Walters, Jim Wassberg, David & Mindy Weaver

Emeritus Status: 
Sheryl Ballard, Gary & Mary Boomer, John & Pat Conderman, Mike & Janet Daniels, Peggy Flouer, Joann Goldstein, Tom & Mary Giller, Charles Gillum, Mike & Kathy Holen, Ron & Jan Janasek, Steve & Migette Kaup, John Kellstrom, Art Loub, Judy Marshall, Mark & Teresa McMillin, Martha Ann Olson, Harley Pottroff, Bill & Linda Richter, Dr. David Sager, Roger & Connie Sink, Joan Schull, Dick & Jane Thiessen, Marty Vanier, Rich Wartell, Billie Woodward, Don & Jan Wissman, Cheryl Walters, Linda & Jerry Weis