Foster any animal and you’ll help Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continue to provide outstanding care. Whether given as a gift or used to celebrate a favorite species, symbolic adoptions come with a variety of benefits only adoptive parents can enjoy.

Ways to adopt your favorites:
  1. Digital Adoption – ($35) choose any Zoo animal from the full list provided below.
  2. Group Adoption – ($35+) pick a herd, chatter or family for your classroom or group, offered for certain featured animals below.
  3. Traditional Adoption – ($50+) choose any Zoo animal from the full list provided below.
  4. Wild Adopt Gift Packages – ($65) includes a cuddly plush, offered for many featured animals below.
  5. Gift any Adoption – ($35+) gifting any adoption is offered during check-out.

We love our adopt parents!

When you symbolically adopt an animal, or have an animal adopted in your honor, we’ll list your name at the entire year you are an Adopt an Animal parent! Adopt donations help contribute to over $2 million spent caring for our huge giraffe herd; our grizzly bears, Emmett and Digger; a pride of lions; a Mexican wolf pack and so much more!

Wild Adopt Gift Packages

While all Zoo animals are available to adopt, these plush friends to adopt offer the option of a cuddly plush. Click on any animal for details.

Ways to Adopt Any Zoo Animal

List of All Zoo Animals Available for Adoption*




  • African Cape porcupine
  • African elephant
  • African lion
  • Alaska moose
  • American beaver
  • Amur leopard
  • Amur tiger
  • Asiatic black bear
  • Black and white Colobus monkey
  • Black rhinoceros
  • Black-footed ferret
  • Black-tailed prairie dog
  • Bornean orangutan
  • Canada lynx
  • Chinchilla
  • Degu
  • Domestic ferret
  • Domestic goat
  • Domestic guinea pig
  • Domestic rabbit
  • Domestic rat
  • Golden lion tamarin
  • Grant’s zebra
  • Grizzly bear
  • Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth
  • Matschie’s tree kangaroo
  • Mexican wolf
  • Mountain lion
  • Mountain (Woolly) tapir
  • Naked mole rat
  • Nile hippopotomas
  • North American porcupine
  • North American river otter
  • Okapi
  • Pallas’ cat
  • Pygmy hedgehog
  • Red River hog
  • Red-necked wallaby
  • Reticulated giraffe
  • Ring-tailed lemur
  • Rock hyrax
  • Rocky Mountain goat
  • Slender-tailed meerkat
  • Snow leopard
  • Sumatran orangutan
  • Three-banded armadillo
  • Virginia opossum
  • Warthog
  • Western Lowland gorilla
  • African pancake tortoise
  • African spurred tortoise
  • Agama
  • American alligator
  • Andean (Honduran) milksnake
  • Argentine red tegu
  • Asian forest scorpion
  • Axolotl
  • Ball python
  • Bavay’s giant gecko
  • Bearded dragon
  • Black widow spider
  • Blue death-feigning beetle
  • Blue-tongued skink
  • Blue Spiny Lizard
  • Blue tree monitor
  • Bornean (Blood) short-tailed python
  • Bullsnake
  • Burmese python
  • California kingsnake
  • Cane toad
  • Chilean rose-haired tarantula
  • Chuckwalla
  • Collared lizard
  • Crested gecko
  • Desert blonde tarantula
  • Desert kingsnake
  • Eastern box turtle
  • Egyptian tortoise
  • Emperor newt
  • European glass lizard
  • Fire skink
  • Flower snake
  • Giant African millipede
  • Gila monster
  • Green and black poison dart frog
  • Hermit crab
  • Kenyan sand boa
  • Leopard gecko
  • Leopard tortoise
  • Madagascar hissing cockroach
  • Mali spiny-tailed lizard
  • Mandarin trinket snake
  • Moroccan spiny-tailed lizard
  • Nelson’s milksnake
  • Ornate box turtle
  • Pearl River map turtle
  • Prehensile-tailed skink
  • Mandarin trinket snake
  • Rainbow whiptail lizard
  • Red-eared slider
  • Red-eyed tree frog
  • Red-footed tortoise
  • Ridley’s (beauty) cave snake
  • Rosy boa
  • Spotted python
  • Star tortoise
  • Thorny devil stick insect
  • Tiger salamander
  • Tokay gecko
  • Veiled chameleon
  • Western hognose snake
  • Western pond turtle
  • White’s tree frog
  • Wyoming toad
  • Abyssinian ground hornbill
  • African grey parrot
  • African penguin
  • Australian shelduck
  • Bald eagle
  • Barn owl
  • Budgerigar (budgie / parakeet)
  • Cape griffon vulture
  • Cattle egret
  • Cockatiel
  • Domestic Chicken
  • East African crowned crane
  • Eastern crested guineafowl
  • Eclectus parrot
  • Emu
  • Eurasian griffon vulture
  • Hemleted guineafowl
  • Indian blue peafowl (peacock)
  • Koi
  • Muscovy duck
  • North American wood duck
  • Pink-backed pelican
  • Princess parrot
  • Rainbow trout
  • Rio Grande wild turkey
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Western screech owl

*If you wish to adopt at a level that is not shown, please contact the Membership office at 719-424-7830 or 719-424-7893

NOTE: All adoptions are valid for one year. Like all living creatures, Zoo animals may become ill, pass away or move to another zoo temporarily or permanently. If the animal leaves for any reason, your symbolic adoption can be transferred to another animal for the remainder of your adoption year.
(For all adoption packages that include a plush, a $6.95 shipping and handling fee is added to the total donation.)