ADOPT Day is a special celebration with your ADOPTed animal and the rest of the Zoo family as we say “thank you” for your support. This year’s ADOPT Day is scheduled for the morning of October 1, 2016.

Please note: This year’s ADOPT Day scheduled for Saturday, October 1st, will be the Zoo’s last. All Adoptions purchased between 10/1/15 and 8/15/16, will be invited and fulfilled on October 1st, 2016. We have loved every ADOPT Day we have attended, and we know many of you have attended every one. It is our hope that you will continue to come throughout the year to visit your adopted animals.

When will I receive my invitation?

Philadelphia Zoo does not distribute tickets to ADOPT Day in advance. Invitations will be mailed, so for now all you have to do is save the date. If you ADOPTed from the Zoo Shop then make sure to mail back your ADOPT Parent information sheet to ensure that we have your current mailing address. If you ADOPTed online or on the phone with the Development Office then we have your information on file.

Can I bring my family and friends?

YES! ADOPTers at the $50, $65, $150, $165, $450, and $1,000 levels are entitled to receive complimentary Zoo  and ADOPT Day admission for one —the ADOPT parent. We encourage you to bring additional guests to join the festivities with the purchase of general Zoo admission or by presenting a valid Zoo membership card.

Where do I park?

Any Zoo lot is available for ADOPT Day parking --click here for more information about where the lots are located. Members always park free and non-members can pay for parking ($16 flat rate) at any of the Zoo's entrance points. In order to claim your complimentary ticket and pick up your ADOPT Day materials, please enter through the Zoo's main gate at 34th Street and Girard Avenue.

How can I ADOPT so that I can come to ADOPT Day?

All ADOPT parents who do not waive their benefits are invited to ADOPT Day. If you are not a current ADOPT parent please call 215-ADOPT ME or click here.  

What can I bring for my animal on ADOPT day?

Many adopters like to bring gifts for the animals on Adopt Day. Our keepers love this too and always ‘barter’ over what they can have for their specific animals. While we can’t accept fresh produce, there are many things on our animal's wish lists:

Various Bird Toys:

Other needed items:

Food Items Used for Training and Enrichment:

  • Raisins
  • Mixed nuts (must be raw and in the shell)
  • Brazil nuts (must be raw and in the shell)
  • Peanut butter (if palm oil is an ingredient, sustainable palm oil preferred)
  • Honey (plastic container preferred)
  • Molasses (plastic container preferred)
  • Canned black, cannellini, aduki, butter beans and chick peas (NO SALT ADDED  and MUST BE CANNED)
  • Toasted Oats Cereal (Cheerios)
  • Puffed Rice Cereal
  • Pure Coconut Water
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Canned Pumpkin (only ingredient)
  • Canned butternut squash (only ingredient)
  • Popcorn kernels

Food Items for Sick/Injured Animals or Infants:

  • Baby mixed juices (plastic bottles please!)
  • Fruit and vegetable baby foods (best choices:  Carrots, Yam, Mango, Banana)
  • Similac (powder or cans, without added iron)
  • Flintstones chewable vitamins

**please note that only these specific brands and varieties can be used by our team of animal nutritionists.

How else can I help Philadelphia Zoo animals?

**Please note that only these specific brands and varieties can be used by our nutritionist. All items must be unopened, unexpired and in the original containers. Please consider purchasing products from companies who have promised to use palm oil that won’t harm wildlife and habitat. Click here for more information

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