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Adopt an animal


Animal adoption is the perfect gift for animal lovers. At the present rate of destruction, more than 10,000 species could disappear by the year 2050. Belfast Zoo and zoos around the world are working together to help save these species.

You can support Belfast Zoo, the work that we do and the animals that we care for by adopting an animal. From the tiny pygmy marmoset to the giant Asian elephant, there's more than 120 species to choose from. 

You must agree to our terms and conditions before adopting an animal.

£3.95 standard delivery charge applies on all packages. This will be sent second class and signed for. 

For more information about animal adoption or to buy a package, call us on 028 9077 6277 or email us at adoption@belfastzoo.co.uk.


Christmas delivery

Please note that all online orders should be placed by Thursday 16 December for Christmas delivery.

You can buy adoptions, membership and vouchers at our Visitor Centre up until 12 noon on Christmas Eve.

Our Zoovenir Shop will also be open until 4pm on Christmas Eve.


Choose your adoption package

Animal adoption lasts for one year and with packages starting from £30, there’s an option for every budget.
If you choose our cub or bronze adoption packages you can adopt the following animals:

  • lion
  • elephant
  • gorilla
  • giraffe
  • meerkat
  • chimpanzee
  • penguin
  • red panda
  • sloth

If you choose the silver or gold adoption packages you can adopt any animal within the zoo.

There can be only one name per adoption.


Cub - £30

In this package you’ll receive:

  • one free child admission
  • an animal adoption certificate
  • an activity book
  • an animal badge
  • our regular e-newsletter
  • a Belfast Zoo pencil
  • a photograph of your adopted animal
  • a small animal toy
  • a zoo poster 
Buy a Cub Adoption

Bronze - £60

  • adopters' name will appear on our adoption thank you board displayed at the front of the zoo
  • one free individual admission
  • two invites to our annual adopter's day
  • an animal adoption certificate
  • an activity book
  • an animal badge
  • our regular e-newsletter
  • a car sticker
  • a postcard
  • a Belfast Zoo pen
  • a discount card for use in the zoo's catering facilities
  • a photograph of your adopted animal
  • an animal toy
  • a zoo poster
Buy a Bronze Adoption

Silver - £100

In this package you'll receive:

  • adopters' name will appear on our adoption thank you board displayed at the front of the zoo
  • one free family admission
  • three invites to our annual adopter's day
  • an animal adoption certificate
  • an activity book
  • an animal badge
  • our regular e-newsletter
  • a car sticker
  • a postcard
  • a zoo key ring
  • a Belfast Zoo pen
  • a discount card for use in the zoo's catering facilities
  • a photograph of your adopted animal
  • an animal toy
  • a zoo poster
Buy a Silver Adoption

Gold - £160

In this package you'll receive:

  • adopters' name will appear on our adoption thank you board displayed at the front of the zoo
  • one free family admission
  • five invites to  our annual adopter's day
  • an animal adoption certificate
  • an activity book
  • an animal badge
  • our regular e-newsletter
  • a car sticker
  • a postcard
  • a zoo key ring
  • a Belfast Zoo pen
  • a discount card for use in the zoo's catering facilities
  • a photograph of your adopted animal
  • an animal toy
  • a zoo poster
Buy a Gold Adoption

Gift packs

We have a number of zooper gift packs available that include animal experiences.

Choose from: 

  • Experience Pack: includes a bronze adoption and animal experience for £120 per person
  • Adult gift pack: includes a bronze adoption, animal experience and adult membership for £165 per person.

All animal experiences have age restrictions.

Order a gift pack by emailing info@belfastzoo.co.uk.

Adopters’ day

Animal adopters are invited to our exclusive animal adopter’s day which takes place annually. This event includes a guided tour of the zoo and a chance to learn more about your favourite animals. 

You can find out more about your chosen animal in our A to Z animal directory

Please note that our adoption scheme is not open to commercial companies who want to sponsor an animal or enclosure. Instead, we offer a range of corporate partnership opportunities for commercial businesses. 

For more information about animal adoption or to buy a package, call us on 028 9077 6277 or email us at adoption@belfastzoo.co.uk.

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