ADOPT AN ANIMAL 

When you choose to adopt an animal at Brookfield Zoo, you'll be sharing the care. In addition to contributing to their daily care, you are also helping research and conservation efforts within the Zoo and around the world.

BIRDS

American White Pelicans

Andean Condor Maria

Bald Eagle - Zeus

Emu

Humboldt Penguin Divot

Humboldt Penguin Valentino

Parakeet

MORE BIRDS TO ADOPT

arrow arrow arrow arrow

MAMMALS

Addax

African Lion Brutus

African Lion Titus

African Painted Dogs

American Bison Lucy

Amur Leopard Sasha

Amur Tiger Whirl

MORE MAMMALS TO ADOPT

arrow arrow arrow arrow

REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS & OTHER

Egyptian Tortoise

Emperor Newt

Gaboon Viper

Galapagos Tortoise

Green Tree Python

Jamaican Iguana

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle - Pistachio

MORE TO ADOPT

arrow arrow arrow arrow

ANIMAL ADOPTION info

Caring for animals and their habitats is central to the Chicago Zoological Society's mission. A trained and dedicated staff provides the best care possible through a commitment to the health and well-being of the animals. And, adopting an animal through our Share the Care program means that you are directly contributing to their welfare. Thank you!

CHOOSE YOUR ANIMAL

Interested in adopting? Click a button above to learn more about each animal! You can also review the list of all of the available animals.

CHOOSE ADOPTION LEVEL

On each animal's page, select an option from the Adoption Care Level menu. You'll then see what special benefits are included for each level!

FINALIZE YOUR PACKAGE

Complete the order form on the selected animal's page (don't forget to indicate if it's a Gift Adoption Package!), click Add to Cart & check out.

mORE TO KNOW ABOUT animal adoption

Adoption Packages: At the FRIEND giving level ($35), you receive:
5”x 7” color photograph of selected animal in display frame
Personalized certificate of adoption
Species fact sheet
Animal Adoption program decal
Invitation to the exclusive Animal Adoption summer event (ticket purchase required)


Plush Packages: These animals also have a PLUSH PACKAGE option:
American Flamingo
Gray Kangaroo (Rooby and Troody)
Meerkats
Pangolins

Reticulated Giraffe (Arnieta, AtoJasiri, Asha, Kinda & Potoka)
River Otter (Charlotte)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Luigi)

Elite Status: Animal Adoption program participation combined with your contributions to other Zoo programs may qualify you for status in the Society's Elite Status program, which allows our members and supporters insider access to some of the exciting behind-the-scenes activities at Brookfield Zoo. For more information, click the link above or call (708) 688-8560.

Annual Summer Event: The annual Animal Adoption summer event is usually held on a weekend date in early August. If you are an Animal Adoption program participant, you will receive your invitation in the mail the first week in July. The summer event is a special night when the Zoo is open after regular hours as a special privilege for Animal Adoption program participants.

For 2023 purchases: Under IRS guidelines, we are required to disclose an estimate of goods or services received in return for contributions over $75. The estimated fair market value of goods and services received with the Caregiver package is $16, Partner package is $24, Advocate, Guardian, and Champion packages is $32.

The adoption packet will be mailed within two weeks of the purchase date. When quicker delivery is needed, purchase your package by phone at 708-688-8341 (be sure to request expedited processing).

If your adopted animal is transferred to another zoo, your donation is automatically transferred to the next available animal within the species. A letter is sent to notify you of this transfer. However, you are welcome to contact the Animal Adoption program and arrange to transfer to a different animal of your choice.


Any questions?
Call us at (708) 688-8341 or e-mail your question to sharethecare@czs.org.