Support the Zoo

Adopt An Animal


Why ADOPT an animal?

It’s a wild way to support the animals you care most about at the Maryland Zoo. 100% of proceeds from each adoption package support animal care, education programs and wildlife conservation for endangered and threatened species. As an animal adopter, you play an important role in supporting The Maryland Zoo and its mission of preserving wildlife and wild places


Each Penguin Print Adoption Package Includes:

  • A limited edition replica print of footprint art created by an African Penguin at the Maryland Zoo
  • Plush Penguin keepsake
  • Two (2) Zoo tickets valid for one year
  • Special “Lovebird” Penguin Fun Fact Sheet
  • A Special “Lovebird” Penguin frameable photograph 
  • Blank Valentine’s Day Card that you can personalize


*Includes shipping & handling



Each Adoption Package Includes:

  • Personalized Official Animal Adoption Certificate
  • Thank you Letter and Dik-dik Fun Fact Sheet
  • A frameable photograph of Podrick the Kirk’s Dikdik
  • Two (2) Zoo tickets valid for one year

*Includes shipping & handling


Each Plush & Passes Adoption Package Includes:

  • Plush keepsake of the animal you choose
  • Two (2) Zoo tickets valid for one year
  • Personalized Official Animal Adoption Certificate
  • An Animal Fun Fact Sheet
  • A frameable photograph of your animal

*Includes shipping & handling


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Is your adoption a gift?

Adoptions make great gifts for every animal lover. Simply select the ‘gift’ option at checkout and complete the online forms to let us know who will be receiving your animal adoption package.

Shipping your adoption

Shipping and handling are included in the cost of every adoption package. Adoptions can be shipped anywhere in the United States, however, currently we are unable to ship outside of the country. If you are interested purchasing from outside of the United States, please contact an adoption representative at 443.552.5281 for limited adoption options.

All donations raised through animal adoptions go directly toward the cost of caring for the animal you adopt. Currently, the Zoo is featuring the adoption packages shown above, but all Maryland Zoo animals are available for adoption. With the choice of any other Zoo resident, you will receive an official adoption certificate, picture of your animal and thank you letter from the Zoo. (Please note: we do not have plushes for any animals other than those currently listed above).

If you wish to adopt an animal from The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore that you do not see listed above email, and an adoption representative will be happy to assist you.