Adopt an Animal

Adopt an Animal Today

By adopting an animal at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you help us provide healthy food, exceptional care, and veterinary needs for your animal for one whole year. Perfect for individuals, groups, or as a unique gift!

Featured Adoption:  African lion


Bill the African Lion

African lion
Adopt one of our African lions. Makes for a perfect gift on birthdays, holidays, or for any occasion!
Adopt a lion for just $50 and receive by mail:

  • A toy stuffed lion
  • Personalized wallet card
  • Photo of a lion
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet about lions
  • Letter from the Zoo Director
  • Recognition on the zoo’s website

$40 of your adoption fee is tax deductible
Quantities are limited.  Other animals can be substituted if inventory allows.  Please call us at 427-6831 with questions.


Classic Adoption

Adopt your favorite from among our 9 adoptable animals for just $35 and receive by e-mail:

  • Photo of your animal
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Fact sheet about your animal
  • Letter from the director
  • Recognition on the zoo’s website

Choose from:

    • Black-footed Penguin
    • Komodo Dragon
    • Lion
    • Orangutan
    • Red Panda
    • Reticulated Giraffe
    • Ring-tailed Lemur
    • Sumatran Tiger
    • Zebra

$35 of your adoption fee is tax-deductible.  Note that all materials for your Classic Adoption will be e-mailed; you may download and print the materials on your home or office printer.


The Joys of Zoo Parenthood
By adopting an animal at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you can enjoy animal parenthood without all the work. Our professional staff will provide the special diet, environment, and veterinary care that your animal requires. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to support your selected animal at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Our thanks to all who participate in the Adopt-an-Animal Program!
2012 Adopt-an-Animal Participants
2013 Adopt-an-Animal Participants

What Do I Get When I Adopt?
You’ll receive a photo of your animal, personalized certificate of adoption, a fact sheet about your animal, a letter from the Zoo Director, and recognition on  If you choose the Featured Adoption, you’ll also receive a wallet card and toy stuffed animal with your adoption.

Who Can Be a Parent?
Any individual, organization, or club can adopt an animal. School classes are especially encouraged to become adoptive parents.

It’s Easy to Adopt!
Click the button below to be taken to our online application form. Fill out the form and pay with your credit card. Remember, your donation is tax deductible.


If you have questions, or if you prefer to adopt by phone please call us at (260) 427-6831 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM