Adopt a Lion

Adopting a lion at Paignton Zoo will make a positive difference towards our work for big cats, as well as contributing to the care of our lions here at the zoo.

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.

We’re home to Asiatic lions, the slightly smaller cousin of the African lion. Asiatic lions are listed as an Endangered species with less than 400 estimated to be surviving in the wild, in the Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary in India.

There are conservation breeding programmes in zoos to help boost the population size, including an EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP


How do I adopt a lion?

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.

Lion adoption packs available:

Lion standard adoption pack

Lion adoption pack – £35

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

Junior adoption gift box – £59

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

  • An eco-friendly lion 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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Lion adult adoption box

Adult adoption gift box – £64

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

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