The Adopt an Animal program plays a vital role by generating valuable funds that support your Toronto Zoo. When you adopt an animal, you are joining us in the fight to save and protect endangered species from extinction.

  • Choose your Animal

    Big or small, furry or feathered - there are 20 Toronto Zoo animals to choose from, including 4 Canadian species.

  • Choose your level of support

    With three donation levels available, ranging from $50 - $250, plus other adoption options, find the package that's right for you! You will receive different gifts of appreciation according to the level of your donation.

  • Complete your donation

    Your one-time gift and symbolic adoption supports the ongoing conservation efforts of the Toronto Zoo.

Adoption Special Offers

  • Celebrate 50 Years of Your Toronto Zoo!

    Help us celebrate 50 years of your Toronto Zoo! Any western lowland gorilla adoption of $50 or more will include a 7-inch gorilla plush toy.

    Adopt Now 
  • Name a Headstart Hero

    These endangered Blanding's turtles are nearly ready to start their journey back into the wild. You can help us name them before they go!

    Name a Turtle 

All Adoptable Animals

Other Adoption Options

  • Custom Adoption

    Don't see the animal you are looking to adopt? Don't worry - all of the animals at the Toronto Zoo are "adoptable"!

    To view a full list of the Zoo's animals, please click here.

    Please note that custom adoptions do not include a species fact booklet.

    Adopt Now! 
  • Mini Adoptions

    Perfect for lootbag or classroom gifts. 5" x 7" mini certificiate that you can personalize yourself.

    Adopt Now 
  • Surprise Me!

    Can't decide which animal to adopt? Let us surprise you by selecting an animal on your behalf.

    Adopt Now 
  • Digital Adoption

    Become the proud parent of an adopted animal - digitally!

    Digital adoptions are a paperless alternative to our physical adoption packages.

    Adopt Now 

Proudly supporting the Toronto Zoo since 1984

The Adopt an Animal program at the Toronto Zoo was established on December 12, 1984 in an effort to generate funds for habitat improvements at the former Metro Toronto Zoo. In the past 40 years since its establishment, the program has shifted to providing financial support for the Zoo's scientific research and conservation efforts aimed at safeguarding endangered species both within the Zoo, and in their natural environments.

In celebration of the programs 40th anniversary in 2024, we are excited to share that a portion of your Adopt an Animal donation now supports our Wilding Endangered Species Preservation fund. This fund provides financial support to conservation projects in the wild (“in-situ”), furthering your Toronto Zoo’s conservation impact worldwide. The remainder of your generous contribution will continue to support vital conservation efforts right here at the Zoo.

Your support is making a real difference. Thank you for joining us in protecting wildlife.

  • "Friends at The Zoo: I have been an “Adopt an Animal” participant for over a decade. Best money that I could ever spend! Thank you." - E.C.

  • "I love the Toronto Zoo and the amazing work everyone does to help preserve some of this world's most precious inhabitants" - Loretta

  • "Thank you as always for being our favourite place to visit. We love the animals!" - Brendon

  • "Congratulations on your wonderful work and preservation of animals at the Toronto Zoo." - Diane

  • "Thank you for your conservation efforts, and for everything you do for all of the animals at the zoo!" - Chelsey

  • "We are so lucky to have this Zoo and all its fabulous programs. We are in a second generation of adopting." - Callie

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