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

For more information on adoptions, call the Zoo Friends office at (314) 646-4771.

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

Saint Louis Zoo Friends Assocation
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, (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 who 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. Animals or biofacts will also be included in the program.

Your school will receive an Assembly Program when you raise $1500 to adopt an animal at the Saint Louis Zoo. Topic presentations vary and often the presenter will bring along animals and biofacts.

The Zoo tour, outreach program and assembly program are conducted September through May and require eight weeks' notice to schedule. You will receive a coupon for your free tour or program with your adoption package after adopting an animal at one of these levels.