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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
  • Two Houston Zoo Tickets
  • Two Carousel tickets



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

Choose Who To Adopt:

*Please note, the last day to order your Adopt before the holiday, will be Wednesday, December 20. Gifts will resume Wednesday, December 27*

African Lion
African Painted Dog
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
Grant’s Zebra
Great Horned Owl
Komodo Dragon
Lined Seahorse
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 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. You can add an additional certificate and plush to the Guardian and Protector levels.

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.

May I Adopt onsite at the Zoo?

No. All adoptions must be done online or over the phone. The package will be shipped to you or the gift recipient.

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 or over the phone.

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 Natalie Nguyen at or

Prefer to Adopt by mail? Print the form below and mail to the Houston Zoo. Adopt On-Line Form 2017

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