Adopt an Animal

No, You Can't Take Them Home.

Adopt An Animal

With more than 950 animals, the cost to feed and care for our animals exceeds $1.4 million annually. By adopting an animal, you'll help it to receive the outstanding care Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is committed to providing. Each adoption gift directly supports the care of our animals, and with it comes a variety of special benefits only adoptive parents can enjoy. View the adoption level choices below and then select your animal to adopt from the Animal Adoption List.
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Adopt an Animal Gift Packages!

Special Valentine Adopt Package! Limited-time offer.

Searching for the perfect gift for that special Valentine who has everything? Bet they don't have a lynx! The Zoo's Adopt an Animal program is a great gift idea that also directly supports all of our animals.

This special $55 adoption package includes:

  • Cuddly plush lynx
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet about lynx
  • Full-color photo
  • Adopt parent recognition on website

For details or to purchase a Valentine Limited-time Adopt Gift Package click here.

To view all the available Adopt packages, open the Special Adopt Gift Packages expandable below.

All adoptions are valid for one year. Like all living creatures, Zoo animals may become ill, pass away or move to another zoo temporarily or permanently. If the animal leaves for any reason, your adoption can be transferred to another animal for the remainder of your adoption year.

Note: Sorry, no ownership rights are granted by these adoptions.


Animal Adoption List

Choose the animal you want to adopt. Adopt an Animal Now

Mammals Reptiles, Amphibians & Invertebrates Birds
  • African elephant*
  • African lion*
  • American beaver
  • Amur (Siberian) tiger*
  • Andean bear*
  • Asiatic black bear* 
  • Bennett's wallaby
  • Black-footed ferret*
  • Black howler monkey* 
  • Black mangabey*
  • Black rhino*
  • Bornean orangutan*
  • Canada lynx
  • Colobus monkey* 
  • Domestic horse (pony)
  • Geoffroy's marmoset*
  • Goeldi's marmoset*
  • Golden lion tamarin* 
  • Grizzly bear
  • Lar gibbon*
  • Lowland gorilla*
  • Mexican gray wolf* 
  • Moose
  • Mountain lion*
  • Naked mole rat  
  • Nile hippopotamus* 
  • North American porcupine 
  • North American river otter
  • Okapi*
  • Pallas cat*
  • Prairie dog 
  • Red River hog*
  • Reticulated giraffe*  
  • Ring-tailed lemur*
  • Rocky Mountain goat 
  • Ruffed lemur*
  • Siamang gibbon*
  • Slender-tailed meerkat
  • Snow leopard*  
  • Striped skunk
  • Sumatran orangutan* 
  • Sykes' guenon* 
  • Two-toed sloth 
  • White-cheeked gibbon*
  • Wolf's guenon
  • Zebra
  • African Spurred tortoise
  • Albino Burmese python
  • American alligator
  • Bearded dragon
  • Black-knobbed map turtle
  • Blue and black poison dart frog
  • Boreal toad*
  • High White California kingsnake
  • Corn snake
  • Desert kingsnake
  • Desert tortoise
  • Emperor newt
  • Giant marine toad
  • Great plated lizard
  • Green Mantella
  • Green and black poison dart frog
  • Kenya sand boa
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Leopard gecko 
  • Leopard tortoise
  • Northern blue-tongued skink
  • Okeetee corn snake
  • Panamanian golden frog
  • Pancake tortoise*
  • Pearl River map turtle
  • Red-eared slider 
  • Red-footed tortoise
  • Royal/ball python
  • Scorpion
  • Sinaloan milk snake 
  • Spiny-tailed monitor
  • Star tortoise*
  • Tarantula
  • Tiger salamander
  • Tokay gecko
  • Western hognose snake 
  • White's tree frog
  • Wyoming toad* 


  • Abyssinian ground hornbill*
  • African crowned crane
  • African ground hornbill*
  • African penguin* 
  • Bald eagle* 
  • Barn owl
  • Budgerigar (parakeet)
  • Cape Griffon vulture*
  • Cattle egret
  • Cockatiell
  • East African crowned crane
  • Emu
  • Hemleted guineafowl
  • Hooded merganser
  • Indian blue peafowl (peacock)
  • Indian Sarus crane
  • Princess parrot
  • Raven  
  • Zebra finch


* Denotes a species in peril.

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Adoption Levels

Choose the adoption level that's right for you.

ADOPTION LEVELS $30+ $50+ $100+ $250+ $500+ $1000+
Certificate of Adoption
Fact Sheet on adopted animal
Parent recognition on website
Monthly e-newletter, The Waterhole
Photo of adopted animal
Free downloadable computer wallpapers  
'Limited-edition Adopt an Animal magnet'    
Free Zoo admission passes       (1) (2) (3)
Personalized tour of adopted animal's home        

Special Adopt Gift Packages

Give someone you love a wild animal!

An unforgettable gift for birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, or any holiday, our gift packages offer a wild surprise! 

Select the right package for your special person (or adopt one of each). Package prices start at $55 and include:

  • A 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Fact Sheet on adopted animal
  • Adopt an Animal parent recognition on website
  • Photo of adopted animal

Adoption Packages

Hold your mouse over the image below for its stuffed animal picture!

African elephant
African Lion
African Elephant


Red River hog
Nile Hippo
African Penguin

Red River Hog


American alligator

Mexican gray wolf

Amur tiger


Mexican gray wolf

Snow Leopard

American river otter
Canadian Lynx
American river otter

Canada lynx

King snake

Corn snake

Order an Adopt Gift Package today!

Packages can be shipped directly to the new parent. We do not ship internationally.
There is a $4.95 shipping and handling fee per every adopt gift package.


Parent Benefits & Recognition

Learn all about the benefits of Zoo animal adoption.

In addition to making a big difference in the lives of our Zoo animals as an adoptive parent, you will receive the following benefits at all levels:

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • Fact Sheet on adopted animal
  • Adopt an Animal parent recognition on website
  • Photo of adopted animal


For more information on the Adopt an Animal program, contact us