Adopt an animal

Adopt an animal

An animal adoption is a unique gift that helps conservation too! It doesn’t just have to be a gift for someone else, why not treat yourself? By adopting an animal, your money will make a real contribution to Paignton Zoo's vital conservation work.

The Zoo has an annual food bill of £300,000 per year and its weekly shopping list includes 800 lettuces, 20 crates of bread and hay by the tonne. Veterinary care, heating costs and cleaning all help to make the care of our animals a very expensive activity.

Animal adoption options

Animal Adoption - Paignton Zoo
Adopt a share

You can adopt a share in any animal for just £35 per year, and you can buy as many shares as you wish. Adopters will receive:

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • An adopter’s plaque near your chosen animal for 12 months. The adopter will receive this card for the fridge once the adoption has expired
  • A photograph of your animal
  • A year’s subscription to Zoo News
  • A fact sheet about your animal
  • One free ticket to the Zoo for each share purchased. Please note that your ticket(s) will be posted to you on receipt of payment.

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Animal Adoption - Paignton Zoo
Animal adoption gift boxes

Want to make your gift more special? For just £54 including P+P, the adopter will receive everything in the 'adopt a share' package plus:

  • A soft toy of the adopted animal
  • All packed in a fantastic presentation box

Please note that adoption gift packs are only available on the following selected animals: Cuban crocodile, Saltwater crocodile, African elephant, Rothschild's giraffe, lowland gorilla, meerkat, Asiatic lion, Bornean orang utan, black rhino, Sumatran tiger, Hartmann's zebra and red panda.

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Animal Adoption - Paignton Zoo
Exclusive - Glass rhino adoption gift pack

We have teamed up with local glass makers Teign Valley Glass to bring you a limited edition rhino adoption gift pack containing an exclusive handmade glass rhino.

For £68 including P+P you will receive everything in the 'adopt a share' package plus:

  • A hand made glass rhino made exclusively for Paignton Zoo adopters
  • All packed in a lovely presentation box

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Animal Adoption - Paignton Zoo
Why not add something extra to your adoption?

As an added extra we are offering everyone that buys an animal adoption the opportunity to purchase a fantastic mug. This makes a great gift and shows you have supported Paignton Zoo.

This simple black mug magically changes to reveal a fantastic montage of different animals and the words "I've adopted an animal at Paignton Zoo" when hot water is poured into it.

Available today for just £8.50 including postage and packing.

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Terms and Conditions
Please allow 28 days for delivery of your adoption pack. Paignton Zoo cannot be held liable for any delivery delays following dispatch. Please contact us within 2 months of placing your order if you have not received your adoption pack in the post. Any claims after the 2 month period cannot be honoured.

Your complimentary ticket will not be valid until you have received your adoption pack.

All adopted animals remain the property of Paignton Zoo which reserves the right to move them to other establishments as may be necessary. Adopters will be notified of any such moves or re-visit the website for up-to-date information.

What You Say
Fantastic day out, great information about all the animals. Will definitely come back!
Fantastic place with excellent facilities and loads of amazing animals to see!
Excellent day out, I would recommend a visit to anyone.