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: giraffetigergorillameerkatorang-utanred pandarhinocheetahgiant tortoise, snowy owl, tapir, lion, chameleon, goat, tree frog and the Komodo dragon.

Our dear African elephant, Duchess, sadly passed away on Sunday 14th July. If you have recently adopted Duchess, please give our Adoptions Coordinator a call on 01803 697508.

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.

Adopt an animal

standard Adoption Pack - £35 

  • 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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Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the standard Adoption Pack plus:

  • A soft toy* of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the standard Adoption Pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the standard Adoption Pack plus:

  • Either a glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass or a glass giraffe specially created by Ngwenya Glass by the people of Swaziland
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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