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Adopt an Animal

Become a proud conservationist of a Houston Zoo animal today! By adopting an animal, you not only help the care and feeding of that animal, but also support education and conservation programs at the Houston Zoo. With your help, the Houston Zoo can continue to aid wild creatures all over the world.

Here’s What You’ll Receive!



  • Adopt Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • 5×7 Animal Photo
  • Adopt E-Newsletter



  • Adopt Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • 5×7 Animal Photo
  • Adopt E-Newsletter
  • Animal Plush



  • Adopt Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • 5×7 Animal Photo
  • Adopt E-Newsletter
  • Animal Plush
  • Two Houston Zoo tickets

Plush Preview: Guardian and Protector Levels

Choose Your Animal

African Lion
Asian Elephant
Asian Otter
Bald Eagle
California Sea Lion
red-river-hog-neptune-adopt-thumb-143 Cheetah
Chilean Flamingo
gorilla-chaka-adopt-thumb-143 Gorilla
Great Horned Owl
Komodo Dragon
Malayan Tiger
gorilla-chaka-adopt-thumb-143 Okapi
Red Panda
Red River Hog
Ring-tailed Lemur
Sea Turtle

 Adopt Shasta VI

Click here to learn more about the Houston Zoo and our partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I actually get to take the animal home with me?

No. The Adopt program is a symbolic adoption and the animal will remain at the Houston Zoo.

Will anyone else adopt this animal?

Yes. It takes the support of more than one adoption to feed and care for an animal all year. All adoptions support the care and feeding of the animal residents at the Houston Zoo.

Can I have multiple recipient names on my Adoption certificate?

No. Each animal needs the care and support of multiple donations, therefore, only one name will be printed on the Adoption certificate.

Can I name my Adopted animal?

All our zoo residents have names and we are more than happy to add it to your certificate upon request. Please email Natalie Nguyen at

How quickly will my Adopt package arrive?

Adopt packages usually arrive within 10 business days. Please let us know if you have a rush situation and we will do our best to accommodate you. *Rush orders cannot be accommodated during the month of December.*

May I Adopt onsite at the Zoo?

No. All adoptions must be completed online, over the phone or by mail. The package will be shipped to you or the gift recipient. If you prefer to Adopt by mail, please print the form below and mail to the Houston Zoo. Adopt Online Form 2018

How long does my adoption last?

Each adoption lasts for one year but our animal family would love to have your continued support. When your year is up, you may renew your adoption online, over the phone or by mail.

Can you tell me more about the plush animal I will receive?

The plush animals are high-quality 12″ plush. They are great for gift giving! Yes, the plush animal will be the same animal as your Adopt.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact us at or (713) 533-6819.