55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Animal Donation Form

Thank you for your interest in donating an animal to the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. The Steinhart Aquarium will only consider donation requests submitted through this site. When submitting your request, please note that the Steinhart Aquarium cannot accept the following species for donation at this time:

  • Freshwater fishes: pacu, red-tailed catfish, koi, giant guorami, clown loaches, albino Oscars, convict cichlids, giraffe catfish
  • Saltwater fishes: lionfish, moray eel, grouper, triggerfish, nurse sharks, bamboo sharks, white-tipped sharks, wobbegongs, pufferfish, clownfish
  • Reptiles: red-tailed boa, red-eared slider, pac man frog, snapping turtles, fly river turtles (pig-nosed turtles), ball pythons
  • Birds: all parrots

If you have a different animal to donate, please complete the requested fields below and follow the submission instructions. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

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Description and condition of specimen: