A couple of elephants standing next to each other“Adopt” a wild animal and help feed the Zoo!

Home to nearly 7,000 exotic animals that represent more than 500 species, the Fort Worth Zoo spends more than $1 million a year feeding all of its wild residents. That’s why we need your help! You can “adopt” one of the Zoo’s animals to contribute to its care and feeding for one full year.

Adoption FAQ

Do I actually get to take the animal home with me?
No. The Fort Worth Zoo's adoption program is a symbolic adoption and the animal will remain at the Zoo.

Will anyone else adopt this animal?
Yes. It takes more than one adoption to feed and care for an animal all year. All adoptions support the care and feeding of the animal residents at the Zoo.

Can I name my adopted animal?
No. All our Zoo residents have names and we are more than happy to add it to your certificate upon request.

How quickly will my adoption package arrive?
Adoption packages usually arrive within 10 business days via U.S. mail. Please let us know if you have a rush situation and we will do our best to accommodate you. You may also pick up your adoption package from the lobby of our Administrative Building #1, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Adoption packages are not available for shipment outside of the U.S.

May I purchase an adoption onsite at the Zoo?
No. All adoptions must be done online or over the phone.

How long does my adoption last?
Each adoption lasts for one year but our animal family would love to have your continued support. When your year is up, you may renew your adoption online or over the phone.

Questions? Contact Ragan Mladenovic.
phone: 817-759-7384
fax: 817-759-7501

The amount of a contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of any money contributed by the donor over the estimated value of goods or services provided by the non-profit organization. For more information, please contact the development department.