At Paignton Zoo, we have two black rhinos - Sita and Manyara. This subspecies is listed as Critically Endangered with around 5,000 individuals left in the wild. Poaching and trafficking of rhino horn continues to plague this species and its recovery. 

There are five species of rhino, all of which are endangered to some extent, and only intensive management and breeding programmes in zoos and national parks will save them from extinction. As part of our support of the Dambari Wildlife Trust in Africa, we help to research and monitor these magnificent animals and ensure that they remain an integral part of this unique environment for generations to come.

How do I adopt a Rhinoceros?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase from the options below and then make your animal selection

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because some of our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes. If your adopted species moves, we will advise you and you will be given the opportunity to transfer your adoption to another species.

Please note: Our adoption gift packs are only available for UK delivery.

Adopt a rhino

rhino Adoption Pack - £35 

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the rhino
  • Your name displayed in the zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of the rhino

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Adopt a rhino

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A rhino soft toy* 
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • Either a glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass OR a glass giraffe specially created from Ngwenya Glass by the people of Swaziland
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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