At Paignton Zoo, we have a group of six Bornean orang-utans. This subspecies is listed as Critically Endangered with only around 100,000 estimated to be left in the wild. Their population has declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years due to the destruction of their habitat for unsustainable palm oil production.

There are conservation breeding programmes in zoos world-wide including a European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for this great ape.
 

How do I adopt an orang-utan?

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.

Adopt an orang-utan

orang-utan Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the orang-utan
  • Your name displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of the orang-utan

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Adopt an orangutan

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • An orang-utan 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 an orang-utan

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

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

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