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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.

Paignton Zoo joined the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative in 2010, and is now working with its partners, including the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and ERM Foundation, to establish a protected area for some of Nigeria's last remaining populations of large wildlife, including forest elephants.

 

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

elephant Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the elephant
  • Your name displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of Duchess, our African elephant

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Adopt an animal

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • An elephant soft toy* 
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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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 an elephant

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the 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
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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