School Animal Adoptions
our animal adoption program is perfect for school groups, classrooms and Pta groups!
school animal adoption program
Adopting an animal at The Alaska Zoo is a fun and unique way to involve students in helping to feed and care for the 100-plus animals and over 40 species who call the zoo home. The adoption program provides philanthropic, educational and conservation elements that can benefit your students’ social growth and development.
The Alaska Zoo is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the conservation of Arctic, sub-Arctic, and like climate species through education, research, and community enrichment. For almost 50 years we have worked closely with state and federal agencies to provide or find permanent homes for orphaned and injured animals, including 11 orphaned bear cubs in the summer of 2017. Adoption fees support this mission and help the zoo cover the expenses of animal care and facility operations.
Adoptions are good for one year from the date of purchase and are available for donations of $30 - $1000.
Each class or school that adopts at any level:
- Has their name displayed on our Zoo Parents’ Board near the entrance
- Receives an adoption certificate, animal history sheet, and a letter of adoption
Classes that adopt at the:
- $200 or $250 animal level also receive a guided tour for up to 30 guests (discounted school adoption admission rates of $7/student and $10/adult apply; chaperone to student ratio of 1:5 for ages 12 & under and 1:10 for ages 13 & above required).
- $300 animal level also have their name displayed by their animal’s enclosure.
- $500 animal level also receive an invitation to watch their animal receive an enrichment; two students may participate in the enrichment with a signed release from their parent/guardian.
- $1,000 animal level also receive 20 complimentary student admissions for the guided tour and a stuffed animal of their adopted animal species.
Adoptions at the $200 level and above may:
- For an additional $50 add an on-grounds hands-on animal detective program.
- For an additional $100 add a 30 minute on-grounds ambassador animal presentation (contact us for available animal options).
A large stuffed animal may be added to any adoption for $20; small ones for $10. Stuffed animals must be picked up at the zoo. Contact us to see what stuffed animals are available!
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