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How do I adopt a Zoo animal?

We have a range of different animals available for adoption and we also occasionally introduce special editions. Simply make your animal selection from the list below and then go on to choose your adoption package.

The animals currently available for adoption include: giraffeelephanttigergorillameerkatorang-utanred pandarhinocheetahgiant tortoise, snowy owl and the Komodo dragon - our latest animal adoption!

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. 

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the standard Adoption Pack plus soft toy of your chosen animal and one junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo.

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the standard Adoption Pack plus a Paignton Zoo mug and one adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo.

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the standard Adoption Pack plus either a glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass, a glass elephant or a glass giraffe specially created by Ngwenya Glass by the people of Swaziland, and one adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo.

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