Adopt an Animal

Need the perfect gift for someone?

Animal adoptions make unique gifts for family, friends, or the young at heart.Your animal adoption helps to support the Zoo's operating budget, which in turn provides funds for animal care, conservation programs, education, and research.

Choose from one of six gift categories and you can adopt any animal at Oakland Zoo.

Adopt-an-Animal Categories and Gift Levels:

All gifts to the Adopt-an-Animal program are tax-deductible. Please review the category descriptions below.
Click on a link to choose your level of donation. You will directed to secure online payment system.

Zoo Keeper Minimum of a $5.00 donation per month.
You will receive monthly email updates on your adopted animal, a personalized certificate, photo, animal fact sheet, recognition on our website, and after six months an animal plush of your adopted animal.

Advocate $30.00
Includes a personalized certificate, photo, an animal fact sheet, and recognition on our website.

Guardian$50.00
All the benefits of the Advocate package, plus an animal plush of your adopted animal. If a plush of your specific animal is not available, you will receive an African Elephant plush; Oakland Zoo's signature animal.

Steward $150.00
All the benefits of the Guardian package, plus a one-time family admission pass to the Zoo and a children's book.

Conservationist $500.00
All the benefits of the Steward package, plus recognition in our Annual Report.

Zoologist $1000.00
All the benefits of the Conservationist package, plus an invitation to our annual donor appreciation event.

You may also download a printable Adopt-an-Animal form if you would prefer to mail your donation.


Thank you to all of our current Zoo Parents. Your support has made a difference in the lives of our animals.

For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x154 or email our Development Services Associate.

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