Dakota Zoo Adopt an Animal Program

Become a Zoo Parent Today!


Give a Gift that Makes a Difference

Adopting an animal is just one of the many great ways that you can invest in YOUR Dakota Zoo. By gifting an adoption of your favorite animal at the Zoo, you help is take a bite out of the over $75,000 we spend annually to feed our amazing animal ambassadors. Your generous support also allows the Zoo to purchase more fun and engaging enrichment items for all of our Zoo residents. Get together with your Scout group, school, or neighbors and share an animal. Some animals are so popular, they have more than one sponsor, or "Zoo Parent."


Animals Depend on People Too (A.D.O.P.T.)

As an animal adopter, you play an important role in supporting the Dakota Zoo and our
mission to instill and inspire a better understanding of and appreciation for animals and
nature. 100% of proceeds from each adoption package supports animal care, education
programs, and wildlife conservation for endangered and threatened species.


How Can I Adopt an Animal?

It's as easy as one, two, three!

Choose your adoption level, select your favorite animal, then

fill out the online form, send it in by mail, or bring it directly to the Zoo. (paper copies available at the admission office)


When You Adopt an Animal, You Will Receive:

Need a brochure or additional information on adopting an animal?

Click here for a list of animal adoption fees.

Click here for an online adoption form.