The 100 Women Who Care of Greater Saint John have contributed $21,500 to the Cherry Brook Zoo.
Executive Director Martha McDevitt says the first thing that came to her mind were the animals.
She says the money comes at a critical time and calls it "an answer to prayer".
McDevitt was very emotional when she found out the zoo had been chosen and says the funding will help the animals get through the rest of the winter.
She says the other staff members at the zoo did not know about the possibility of funding because she did not want to get their hopes up.