Adopt an Animal

Adopt and Go Behind the Scenes

List of Adoptable Animals | Adoption Packages and Perks | FAQ | Guidelines and Policies

Have you ever imagined scratching a white rhino behind the ears, throwing lettuce into the jaws of a two-ton hippo, or getting close enough to a giraffe to count her spots?

By adopting an animal at the Philadelphia Zoo, you share your love for animals by helping ours receive the best possible care. With exciting benefits such as personal meet and greets with animals and their keepers, there has never been a more exciting time to support the Zoo.

What happens when I adopt an animal?

All Adopt packets include:

  • a photo of your animal
  • a fact sheet
  • a certificate of your adoption
  • an invitation to come to our Adopt Day celebration on October 11.

You can purchase an Adopt packet for as little as $50, but for just $150 per person, you can go behind the scenes with a zookeeper! Learn more about the perks of different adoption levels.  

Adopting an animal for yourself or as a gift is both rewarding and fun. As an adopter at any level you will receive a photograph of your animal, certificate of parentage, fact sheet and an invitation to Adopt Day.

Which animals can I adopt?

Dozens of different Philadelphia Zoo animals are available for adoption. View the full list of adoptable animals and see which one you'd like to adopt.

Special Gift Packages

Special gift packages sold exclusively at the ZooShop and perfect for birthdays and  the holidays!

Treats and Toys

Watch the polar bears, tigers, orangutans and giant river otters receive treats and toys provided by their ADOPT parents.

How your support helps

The Zoo is currently home to over 1,300 animals from around the world, many of which are rare and endangered. With that many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians to feed, the Zoo’s annual grocery bill is over $500,000. Your adopt purchase helps us buy apples, carrots, crickets, hay, monkey chow, mealworms and much more. Thank you!