In the Zoo Support section:

Back by popular demand from children and adults alike!

The Adopt-An-Animal program directly benefits the animals, with all proceeds going toward the care of the animals at the Birmingham Zoo. You can help make a difference by supporting any animal for one year through the Adopt-An-Animal program. The animal you choose will remain at the Zoo, receiving proper care and enjoying the many visitors! As a Zoo Parent, you will have the pride of knowing your gift helps to care for the animal.

For a list of animals included in the Zoo’s Adopt-An-Animal program, CLICK HERE.

To Adopt-An-Animal today, please click here.

Give the Gift of an Animal Adoption Today!

Animal adoptions make terrific gifts for your favorite animal lover and are perfect for many occasions: holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and more.

To Adopt-An-Animal and give the gift that keeps on giving, please click here.

Adopt a Member of The Baby Bunch!

For a limited time, you can become the proud parent of a Birmingham Zoo Baby Bunch animal! Adopt one of our newest arrivals and help it receive the best possible care. For more information on The Baby Bunch, click here.


Adopt-An-Animal Levels

$25 AdoptionGo Green!
Receive a printable adoption certificate, photo of animal and animal fact sheet via email. (All items will be emailed to the animal parent’s and/or gift giver’s email address provided. Email must be provided to receive packet at this level.)

$35 Adoption – Animal Supporter
Packet includes a personalized adoption certificate and an animal fact sheet

$50 Adoption - Animal Advocate
Packet includes all of the above benefits plus a 5×7 color photo of the animal

$100 Adoption - Animal Keeper
Packet includes all of the above benefits plus a plush animal and subscription to Animal Tracks

$250 Adoption – Animal Ambassador
Packet includes all of the above benefits plus a one-time use family of four pass to the Zoo with 4 train tickets

$500 Adoption - Animal Protector
Packet includes all of the above plus a special tour with Keeper Staff

July Animal of the Month: Nairi the Sumatran Orangutan

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Meet the Zoo’s youngest Sumatran orangutan, Nairi!

Become a Zoo parent and adopt Nairi, the baby Sumatran orangutan, today! Did you know that Sumatran orangutans have long narrow hands and feet for grasping branches and their arm span has been known to measure over eight feet across? Their coat is a deep reddish-brown color and shaggy but their hair is quite thin. The males are often characterized by a ginger colored mustache and a diamond shaped face. Male Sumatran orangutans are also approximately twice the size of female Sumatran orangutans! Males reach about five feet tall and weigh an average of 165 to 250 pounds. Females reach an average weight of about 90 pounds. Sumatran orangutans are extremely intelligent; in fact, they have the ability to be taught to communicate with sign language. In the wild they communicate with various sounds; the orangutan has the ability to vocalize about 13 different sounds!

The Sumatran orangutans at the Birmingham Zoo include two-year-old Nairi, along with mom, Lipz, and dad, Oliver. The family spends their days together in the Primate Building where they snack on their daily diet of fruits and veggies. Your gift of parenting a Sumatran orangutan (or any other Zoo animal) is more than a donation—all proceeds directly impact the animals. Help make a difference in conservation and adopt one of the Zoo’s Sumatran orangutans today!

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Adopt-An-Animal Guidelines:

  • In return for your support, you will receive the sponsorship package that accompanies that particular level.
  • All sponsorship animals are available to an unlimited amount of sponsors.
  • Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, your chosen animal may no longer be available for sponsorship.
  • All donations to the Adopt-An-Animal program support the Birmingham Zoo conservation work and are partially tax-deductible.

Click here to adopt an animal online now!

If you would prefer not to make a donation online, please print the Adopt-An-Animal form and mail it or bring it into the Zoo at your convenience.

Please note the processing time for the Adopt-An-Animal package is 10 to 14 days.

If you have questions or need assistance with your animal adoption, please call 205.879.0409 (ext. 224).