Adopt an Orang-Utan

Adopting an orang-utan at Paignton Zoo will make a real contribution to our important conservation work and the care of our apes at the zoo.

Our adoption packs make a fabulous 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 have a group of Bornean orang-utans. This subspecies is listed as Critically Endangered, with only around 100,000 estimated to be left in the wild. Their population has declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years due to the destruction of their habitat for unsustainable palm oil production.

There are conservation breeding programmes in zoos worldwide, including an EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for this great ape.


How do I adopt an orang-utan?

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.

Orang-utan adoption packs available:

Orang-utan standard adoption pack

Orang-utan adoption pack – £35

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the orang-utan
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of an orang-utan
  • Your name displayed in the zoo for 12 months
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Orang-utan junior adoption box

Junior adoption gift box – £59

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

  • An eco-friendly orang-utan 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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Orang-utan adult adoption box

Adult adoption gift box – £64

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

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