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Adopt A Wild Child 

Join the Kansas City Zoo family and Adopt a Wild Child. Animal adoptions are a unique, fun way to help us feed and care for our more than 1,100 animals.

For less than a dollar a day, you can help add to our naturalistic habitats, purchase toys for animal enrichment, and provide hundreds of pounds of food each day. An annual gift provides food each day for your favorite "wild child." Adopt Now.

Show your favorite animal that you care.

As an adopting individual, family, group, or corporation, you will receive weekly e-news and the quarterly newsletter Expeditions throughout the year, other fun wild perks, and an invitation to the annual adoption picnic. Visit the Kansas City Zoo often—you’ll see your adoption at work!

Your company can make a difference! Corporations have the opportunity to decide which animal to adopt, then chose from multiple levels, each of which comes with public acknowledgement to benefit your company. Learn more 


$50  A framed animal photo, an animal fact sheet, an official adoption certificate, an Expeditions subscription (Zoo newsletter) and an Adopt A Wild Child picnic invitation (picnic is held late summer or early fall).

 $100  Same as the $50 level, plus an Adopt A Wild Child t-shirt and four (4) Zoo passes.

$250  Same as the $50 level, plus an Adopt A Wild Child t-shirt, an invitation to the free, unique and educational “Meet the Keepers” breakfast (usually held in the spring) and six (6) Zoo passes.

$500  Same as the $50 level, plus an Adopt A Wild Child t-shirt, an invitation to the free, unique and educational “Meet the Keepers” breakfast, eight (8) Zoo passes and an exclusive two hour docent-led golf cart tour. Enjoy the Zoo on your own private golf cart! Five (5) people maximum per tour. All tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance. 

Schools and Social Organizations

$100  One framed animal photo, one animal fact sheet, an official adoption certificate and up to 30 Adopt A Wild Child tattoos.

$250  Same as the $100 level, plus a Kansas City Zoo keepsake (up to 30).

$500  Same as the $250 level, plus an original 11x14” Zoo animal painting (works of art by our artistic animals) which will be presented to the class or group by a Zoo representative.

$1,000  Same as the $500 level, plus the exclusive Zoomobile program. The Zoomobile brings the Kansas City Zoo to you! This incorporates slides, biofacts (animal artifacts) that can be touched or live animals! This special opportunity is available for up to 30 kids and is not available during the month of May. The Zoomobile travels within a 70-mile radius of the Zoo. 

Animals Available for Adoption - please indicate on your order form


Guinea Baboon


Francois Langur

White-Cheeked Gibbon

Western Lowland Gorilla

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Lion-Tailed Macaque 

Red-Capped Mangabey

Blue Monkey

Mona Monkey

Saki Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Bornean Orangutan

Golden Lion Tamarin 


Other Mammals 


Dromedary Camel

Black-Footed Cat


African Painted Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

Yellow-Backed Duiker

African Elephant

Bat-Eared Fox

Masai Giraffe

Domestic Goat

Pygmy Goat


Red River Hog

Rock Hyrax

Red Kangaroo

Amur Leopard

African Lion


Slender-Tailed Meerkat

Scimitar-Horned Oryx

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

North American River Otter

Red Panda

Polar Bear

Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Eastern Black Rhinoceros

California Sea Lion


Domestic Sheep


Prevost's Squirrel

Sumatran Tiger

Matchie's Tree Kangaroo

Parma Wallaby


Grant's Zebra 



Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Black-Throated Monitor

Marine Toad

Aldabra Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise



African Crowned Crane

Demoiselle Crane

African Fish Eagle 

Chilean Flamingo

Tawny Frogmouth

African Ground Hornbill

Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Straw-Necked Ibis


Rainbow Lorikeet



Spectacled Owl

Eclectus Parrot


Gentoo Penguin

Humboldt Penguin

King Penguin

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

Saddle-Billed Stork

Black Swan

Trumpeter Swan 

Lappet-Faced Vulture


Love the Wings of Wonder birds? 

 Are you amazed and awed by the birds in our daily show. You can adopt them too!


Don't See The Animal You Want To Adopt?

If you have any questions, or would like to adopt an animal that is not on the list, or would like to pay by check, please call 816-595-1218 or e-mail  If your animal is not on this list please let us know.

On behalf of the animals at the Zoo, Thank You!



Thank You to our Corporate Sponsors
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