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Adopt a Gorilla

By adopting a gorilla today, you will make a real contribution to the care of our apes at the zoo, and our vital work for wildlife across the world.

Our adoption packs make a super gift for animal lovers of any age. Prices start from as little as £35 per year, with three different packs to choose from.

At Paignton Zoo, we’re fortunate to be home to a bachelor group of Western lowland gorillas; Pertinax, Kivu, Kiondo and N’Dowe. They may be the smallest of the gorilla subspecies, but this does not make them any less impressive! Western lowland gorillas are Critically Endangered, mainly as a result of habitat degradation and poaching.

Conservation education programmes and ecotourism are being developed to encourage protection of gorillas within reserves in the wild. There is also a European Endangered Species breeding Programme (EEP) for this species of gorilla.


How do I adopt a gorilla?

First choose the adoption package that you wish to purchase online from the options below and then go on make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because some of our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes. If your adopted species moves, we will advise you and you will be given the opportunity to transfer your adoption to another species.

Please note that our adoption gift packs are only available for UK delivery.

Gorilla adoption packs available:

Gorilla standard adoption pack

Gorilla adoption pack – £35

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the gorilla
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of a gorilla
  • Your name displayed in the zoo for 12 months
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Gorilla junior adoption box

Junior adoption gift box – £59

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

  • A gorilla soft toy*
  • One child day ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a branded presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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Gorilla adult adoption box

Adult adoption gift box – £64

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo gorilla mug
  • One adult day ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a branded presentation box
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