Adoption Levels

Every animal at the Saint Louis Zoo is available for adoption at many different donation levels starting at $20. When you become a Saint Louis Zoo Parent, your adoption contribution entitles you to these added benefits:

At the $20-24 level (Digital Adoption)

  • Name on Zoo Parents Donor Wall and online Zoo Parents Recognition page for one year
  • Invitation to the Annual Zoo Parents Picnic

At the $25-$34 level

Everything above, plus: 

  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Car decal

At the $35-104 level

Everything above, plus:

  • 5"x7" color photo/fact sheet*

At the $105-254 level

Everything above, plus:

  • Zoo Parents frame for your color photo

$255 and Up

Everything above, plus:

  • Sunset Safari invitation
  • Saint Louis Zoo Annual Report listing

Exclusive Adoptions ($500 minimum)

As an Exclusive Zoo Parent, your donation is considered sufficient to cover all of your animal's care and feeding for one year.

Everything above, plus:

  • Lunch for two at the Zoo
  • Private tour of your animal's area

*Any animal at the Zoo is available for adoption, however only certain animals are offered with a photo/fact sheet

For more information on adoptions, call the Zoo Friends office at (314) 646-4771 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Ready to extend your family? Call the Zoo Friends office, adopt online or mail a check payable to the Saint Louis Zoo Friends Association:

Saint Louis Zoo Friends Association
P.O. Box 790090
St. Louis, MO 63179-0090

Classroom and Scout Troop Adoptions

Some of the best Zoo Parents are classrooms and scout troops. In addition to learning about animals, children also learn the benefits of giving, since every dollar raised goes directly to the care and feeding of Zoo animals. For more information on adoptions for your organization, call the Zoo Friends office at (314) 646-4771, or toll free at (800) 966-8877.

Here is what your classroom or scout troop will receive when they adopt an animal at the Zoo.

Photo and
Fact Sheet
& Stickers
PencilsZoo TourOutreach
$20 X          
$30 X X        
$75 X X X      
$250 X X X X    
$800 X X X   X  
$1500 X X X     X

Please note stickers and pencils are limited to 30 per group.

Zoo tours are conducted by trained education volunteers. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes. Some tour topics available include: rainforest, reptiles and amphibians, African animals, endangered species, and classification.

Outreach programs will be available to groups that raise $800 to adopt an animal. A representative of the Zoo will visit your class of no more than 30 students within a 30-mile radius of the Zoo and present a program. Some of the outreach topics include ecology and animal classification. 

Your school will receive an Assembly Program when you raise $1,500 to adopt an animal at the Saint Louis Zoo. Topic presentations vary, and often the presenter will bring along biofacts.

The Zoo tour, outreach program and assembly program are conducted September through May and require eight weeks' notice to schedule. When you adopt an animal at one of these levels, information on how to schedule your free tour or program will be included with a letter in your adoption package.