Adopt an Animal

Are you interested in helping provide impeccable care for your animal friends at the Zoo? Then become a proud parent of a Children’s Zoo 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 Guardian $60 Protector $100

Adoption Certificate          
Fact Sheet
5x7 Animal Photo


Adoption Certificate
Fact Sheet
5x7 Animal Photo
Animal Plush
2 tickets to the Children's Zoo

Adoption Certificate
Fact Sheet
5x7 Animal Photo
Animal Plush
6 tickets to the Children's Zoo


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 Please note that there are a few animals that, while they can be adopted, do not have matching plush toys.
These animals are: American crow, Campbell duck, emu, red-tailed hawk, ring-necked dove, sugar glider, black-footed cats, and turkey vulture. If you would like to adopt one of these animals, we can include any other animal plush toys in your package. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which animals are available for adoption?

Any of the animals you have met at the zoo are available! For a list of possible animals see our Animal Encounters page.

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. All adoptions support the care and feeding of the animal residents at the Children’s Zoo.

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 email at the link provided below.

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 Syndi Thayer at, or give us a call at (989) 759-1408.