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At Paignton Zoo, we are home to our beautiful African elephant, Duchess, who has been with us since 1977. She is a big character with an even bigger personality, and is adored by our team and guests! The African elephant is classified as Vulnerable, mainly due to extensive poaching in the wild for the ivory trade.

 

How do I adopt an elephant?

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

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt an elephant

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 adoption pack plus:

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

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

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

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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