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Adopt an Animal

If you have a favourite Zoo animal how about adopting it? Your animal will still live here, but you'll go home knowing you're supporting the Zoo. Adoption fees help us take good care of the animals, protect endangered species, and pursue on-going conservation efforts. Individuals, Schools, Clubs and Corporations are all welcome in our Adopt an Animal "family".

Adopting an animal makes a totally unique gift. What's inside the package depends on the adoption fee.

Become a "parent" today!

You really can have a hippopotamus for Christmas this year!

Pygmy Hippo Mom and Baby

Our $100 Adopt an Animal Holiday Package is terrific! You can “adopt” our Pygmy hippopotamus mom and baby for yourself, a family member or your best friend. Now that’s a gift to remember! Look what you’ll get:

  • An “adoption” certificate featuring hippo mom and baby
  • A delightful plush hippopotamus with each gift
  • Animal fact sheet and newsletter
  • A copy of our Wild for Life magazine (Mailed at a later date)
  • Animal “parent” name on our recognition wall
  • An invitation to “Parents” Day. This is a free day at the Zoo for the animal “parent”. (Mailed at a later date)
  • Coupon entering your name (or the person you give the gift to) into our draw for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour for 4 people

So go ahead, give a unique (and very different) holiday gift this year.
“Adopt” a hippo.

Oh, and by the way, when you purchase this Holiday Package you’ll be helping us with valuable conservation work we do at the Zoo and in the wild. Our Pygmy hippos will love you for that.

*Order your package online or give us a call.
Don’t wait… this is a limited offer and won’t last long!

Or Call 416-392-9114


Note: Purchasers will be issued full or partial tax receipt as applicable

Zoo Parents - $25 (Click here)

  • Certificate of adoption (Animal picture not included)
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Fun and informative Newsletter
  • To/From card

Zoo Plus Parents - $50 (Click here)

  • All the above benefits AND
  • Animal “parent’s” name displayed on our recognition wall
  • Certificate with colour picture of your selected animal

Keepers Club - $100 (Click here)

  • All the above benefits AND
  • Invitation* to Parents Day (Free day at the Zoo for animal "parents")
  • A copy of the Wild for Life magazine*
    *Invitation and magazine sent separately

Chairman's Club - $500 (Click here)

  • All the above benefits PLUS
  • A fantastic behind-the-scenes tour for FOUR people featuring up to TWO visits with a zookeepers and animals.

  • NOTE: Tours run April to October. Advance notice is required. Click here for TOUR DETAILS.

VIP Club - $1,000 (Click here)

  • All the above benefits (excluding the $500 level tour) PLUS
  • An exclusive VIP behind-the-scene tour for SIX people featuring up to THREE visits with zookeepers and animals.

  • NOTE: Tours run April to October. Advance notice is required. Click here for TOUR DETAILS.

Animals to Choose From

(NOTE: The animal you “adopt” may not be the animal you will see on the Chairman’s Club or VIP Club tour. Download the TOUR DETAILS document for a full outline of the tour and a list of Animal Holding Areas where we can take visitors. Please call us if you have any questions (416-392-9114).

Aldabra tortoises
African lion (white)
African penguin
African rhino (white)
Amur Tiger
Arctic wolf
Bald eagle
Black-footed ferret
Golden frog

Golden lion tamarin
Greater one-horned rhinoceros
Grevy's zebra
Komodo dragon
Lowland gorilla
Masai giraffe
Polar Bear
Red panda

Reticulated Python
Ring-tailed lemur
River hippopotamus
River otter
Snow leopard
Snowy owl
Spider monkey
Sumatran orangutan
Sumatran tiger
Two-toed sloth

If you don't see the animal you'd like to adopt, please call us at (416) 392-9114 or send us an e-mail message at We will try our very best to help you.

For Adopt an Animal orders by phone, please call 416-392-9114.

(Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm)

Click here for the Adopt an Animal form (PDF)
Print and mail to:

Toronto Zoo Development
361A Old Finch Avenue
Toronto ON M1B 5K7