Animal Ambassadors at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary are an important part of the museum and help us teach both children and adults about wildlife and the pertinent role they have in nature worldwide. Our hope is that these animal ambassadors will inspire our visitors to care deeply enough about the natural world to take steps to restore and preserve ecosystems in North Texas and around the world. Every Animal Ambassador has very specific needs. Please consider helping to meet these needs by donating an item from our wish list below, or sponsor an animal ambassador.

Museum Operations Wish List

  • Ice Maker (2)
  • Artificial Christmas “pencil” tree
  • Garden Supplies
  • Push Mower (working condition
  • Riding Lawn Mower (working condition)
  • Leaf Blower (working condition)
  • Weed Eater (working condition)
  • Printers
  • Laptops
  • Artificial Christmas Trees
  • Fog machines and fog liquid (4)
  • Strobe lights, esp professional size (2)
  • white and blue Christmas lights
  • digital slide scanner
  • oversize flat bed scanner
  • professional “blacklight” equipment (cannons, bars, etc) for loan during event
  • bird bath on pedestal
  • pickup truck
  • sponsorship for alligator hide tanning and mounting (approx. $3200)

Animal Care Wish List (Most items available at local pet stores)     

  • Animal Carriers
  • Aspen mulch (only aspen)    
  • Autoclave    
  • Backup Generator    
  • Bird Bath    
  • Bird Cam    
  • Bungee Cords    
  • Coolers - 6 (Jumbo--additional required if smaller)
  • Commercial Refrigerator    
  • Dog Crates         
    • 2 Jumbo (deer sized)         
    • 2 Medium    
  • Dolly (large or garden cart with large wheels & heavy treads)       
  • flannel blankets    
  • fleece blankets    
  • Fluker's Ceramic Heat Emitter 150 Watt    
  • Frisbees    
  • Gift card to Albertsons, hardware store (Groom and Sons), or pet store   
  • Golf Cart   
  • Hand-Vac   
  • Heavy duty storage bins with secure cover (Large 30-40 Gal.)  
  • High quality canned dog and cat food   
  • Horse Jolly Balls  
  • Horse Trailer   
  • Kong Brand toys  
  • Linens (clean!)   
  • Metal chain (1/2inch, 30 ft or 3 -10 ft sections)  
  • Misters
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Dish scrub brushes
  • Dish drainer
  • Parrot Perches
  • Parrot Toys
  • Plastic bristle scrub brushes
  • Plastic crock pet dishes    
  • Plexiglas: from full sheets to panels/pieces (minimum 12 x 18 inches)    
  • Reptile basking lights, all wattages     
  • Reptile calcium powder    
  • Reptile heat pads    
  • Rope    
  • Stainless Steel Chain    
  • Towels (clean!)    
  • UVB/UVA full spectrum florescent light bulbs/lamps - 18 inches long    
  • Vacuum with hose attachment        
  • Zoo Med Deluxe Porcelain Clamp Lamp with 8.5-Inch Dome
  • 4 cots with mattress pads
  • 4 sleeping bags (new, winter)
  • 12+ hour generator with cables
  • ice cleats, 3 pair each, women’s  sizes medium and large - example
  • small chest-type freezer
  • Tools Wish List   
    • Brass shut off hose nozzles   
    • Brooms    
    • Buckets    
    • Hemp rope    
    • Hoses     
    • Rope spools (all sizes, wood)
  • Animal Food Wish List
    Please only donate organic fruits, and vegetables and 100% natural food items. THANK YOU!    
  • Almonds    
  • Cloves    
  • Craisins
  • Hard nuts (brazil, pecan, walnut, almond, hazelnut)
  • Peanuts
  • High quality canned dog and cat food
  • Ice packs, large
  • Jelly (all fruit)    
  • Kong liver paste
  • Lemon    
  • Vanilla
  • Natural canned or frozen fruit juices    
  • Peanut butter (no sugar, natural)
  • Vanilla

Exhibit Specimens Wish List

  • Heard Exhibitions is looking for high-quality fossil, natural, scientific, art and collectible assemblages from local collectors which align with and support feature exhibits. In particular, we are looking for collections which will enhance the following upcoming exhibits.    
    • Collections featuring bats (for example: collections such as fossil cave dwellers, fossil bats)   
    • Collections featuring animals, history, life and science of the seas, rivers, lakes, wetlands, water treatment, water life, water care and conservation, etc.   
    • Collections featuring predators (for example: fossil, science)    
    • Collections which support natural history investigation/collecting
    • Sign making equipment
    • Protex Mount Care: taxidermy cleaning supplies

Things We CAN'T Accept

  • Expired Medications
  • Pill Bottles
  • Shredded Paper
  • Plastic Litter Pans or Bowls
  • Shock, Prong, Flea or Choke Collars
  • Grooming Supplies
  • Used Computer Equipment Older than 2 years and/or Not in Good Working Condition
  • Homemade Dog and Cat Treats
  • Over the Counter Flea Treatments