Adopt an Animal

Interested in helping provide impeccable care for your animal friends at the Zoo? Then become a proud parent of an animal today! By symbolically adopting an animal of your choice, you’re not only helping with the care and feeding of that animal for a full year, but you are also supporting our many education and conservation programs.

Here’s what you will receive:

Advocate $35

  • Adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet
  • 5×7 animal photo

Guardian $60

  • Adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet
  • 5×7 animal photo
  • Animal plush
  • 2 tickets to the Zoo

Protector $100

  • Adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet
  • 5×7 animal photo
  • Animal plush
  • 6 tickets to the Zoo

Frequently Asked Questions

Which animals are available for adoption?

You can adopt any one of the following animals; African penguin, cotton-top tamarin, white-throated capuchin, North American river otter, Mexican grey wolf, and Hoffman's two-toed sloth!

Do I actually get to take the animal home with me?

Unfortunately, the animals have to remain at the Zoo. This is where all of their favorite toys, snacks, and highly trained caretakers are, after all! While the Adopt-an-Animal program is symbolic and the animal will remain at the Children’s Zoo, the results of your support are real. (Plus, wild animals make lousy roommates.)

Will anyone else adopt this animal?

We sure hope so! It takes more than one adoption to feed and care for an animal all year.

Can I name my adopted animal?

All your Zoo friends have names that they love, and we are more than happy to add it to your certificate upon request! Of course, you are welcome to give your adopted animal a different, unofficial name in your own household.

How quickly will my Adopt package arrive?

Adoption packages usually arrive within 10 business days. Please let us know if you have a rush situation and we will do our best to accommodate you!

May I adopt onsite at the Zoo?

To make the adoption process easier for everyone, we currently only have this program available online or by phone.

How long does my adoption last?

Each adoption lasts for one full year! When your year is up, you may renew your adoption online or over the phone. Your adopted animal would greatly appreciate your continued support!

Can you tell me more about the plush animal I will receive?

The plush animals are high-quality plush, and will match as closely as possible the animal you adopt. These extra soft, huggable, and squeezable plush toys are GREAT for gift giving! Sometimes it is not possible to get the exact species. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

We would love to answer any more of your questions, or get you started on the adoption process. Please contact us at, or give us a call at (989) 759-1408 x 110.