Adopt-an-Animal: Alpaca
Alpaca fur is very soft and considered a prized material for artisans and crafters. As the second strongest animal fiber, it is also extremely durable. The color of their fur can also vary greatly.
Adopt-an-Animal: Bald Eagle
The bald eagle was chosen as the national bird of the United States in 1782. These birds are found only in North America, and are one of seven species of sea eagles. Bald eagles were considered endangered in the 1970s, but thanks to widespread recovery efforts they were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.
Adopt-an-Animal: American Black Bear
Many famous bears were inspired by black bears, including the teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, and Smokey the Bear. In addition, black bears play a prominent role in many Native American cultures.
Adopt-an-Animal: Chimpanzee
Chimpanzees are more closely related genetically to humans – sharing 98.4% of our DNA – than they are to gorillas!
Adopt-an-Animal: Chilean Flamingo
Flamingos belong to one of the oldest bird groups alive. There are six types of flamingo, including five separate species. And there are 17 vertebrae in a flamingo neck; humans have only seven.
Adopt-an-Animal: Mountain Yellow-legged Frog
The San Francisco Zoo and its partners are working together to keep these amazing frogs in their high mountain habitat by collecting early-stage froglets and tadpoles and rearing them in captivity.
Adopt-an-Animal: Reticulated Giraffe
Reticulated giraffes form loosely organized groups of two to 20 animals. Apparently giraffes have “friends,” and will associate with certain individuals in the group more often than others.
Adopt-an-Animal: Western Lowland Gorilla
The lowland gorilla is found primarily in lowland tropical forests, particularly where there is dense ground-level vegetation, and in swamp forests.
Adopt-an-Animal: Grizzly Bear
Grizzly bears, once prevalent in California, have been extinct in this state since the 1920s. They have been classified as a "threatened" species in the United States since 1975. Our two female grizzly bears were orphaned as cubs in Montana.
Adopt-an-Animal: Miniature Horse
Miniature horses are frequently used as therapy animals. As guide animals, they assist people with vision and hearing impairments. They also can make excellent emotional support animals because of their gentle and affectionate nature.
Adopt-an-Animal: Ring-tailed Lemur
Ring-tailed lemurs are among the best known, most easily recognized, and most intensively studied of all lemurs, and are the only surviving semi-terrestrial diurnal lemur in Madagascar.
Adopt-an-Animal: African Lion
There's no doubt, lions are spectacular animals. Our pride of lions, made up of mother, father and son, is consistently one of the most popular species in the Zoo.
Adopt-an-Animal: Green-winged Macaw
These birds are able to eat some poisonous fruits due to their habit of eating river clay, which appears to neutralize the toxins.
Adopt-an-Animal: Bornean Orangutan
As the largest tree-dwelling animal and the second largest ape species on the planet, the Bornean orangutan can be found in the jungles of the island Borneo. While orangutans could once be found throughout Southeast Asia, they now inhabit only 2 islands: Borneo and Sumatra.
Adopt-an-Animal: North American River Otter
The river otter’s muscular tail and broad webbed feet make the otter an excellent swimmer and diver, able to remain under water for six to eight minutes. The otter can close its nostrils and ears under water, and uses the sensitive whiskers around its snout to help locate prey.
Adopt-an-Animal: Burrowing Owl
Burrowing owls are a unique breed, differing from other owls in many ways including size, where they make their home, and what times of day they are active.
Adopt-an-Animal: Magellanic Penguin
The Magellanic penguin is one of 17 penguin species, all of which live in the southern hemisphere. The climate in this species’ range is not that different from our climate here in northern California.
Adopt-an-Animal: Rabbit
More than half the world's rabbit population resides in North America. They are also native to southwestern Europe, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, some islands of Japan, and parts of Africa and South America.
Adopt-an-Animal: Red Panda
Red pandas are native to the eastern Himalayas and China, but did you know the North American raccoon is its distant cousin?
Adopt-an-Animal: Black Rhinoceros
An adult black rhinoceros can weigh up to 3,000 pounds with a body length of 10 to 12.5 feet. A thick, wrinkled, tough hide protects the rhino as it pushes its way through the thorny acacia trees and bushes it likes to eat.
Adopt-an-Animal: Asian Forest Scorpion
The Asian forest scorpion gets its common name from its preferred habitat, residing primarily underneath logs and rocks in the Southeast Asian rainforests.
Adopt-an-Animal: Southern Sloth
Southern two-toed sloths spend nearly all their lives high in the canopy. They are extremely clumsy on land but are surprisingly good swimmers. Sloths are the slowest mammal on the planet and will sleep from 15 to 20 hours a day.
Adopt-an-Animal: Snow Leopard
The snow leopard is the only exclusively alpine cat in the world. This rare nocturnal animal is seldom seen, and was photographed in the wild for the first time in 1971. The Zoo has had a very successful breeding history of snow leopards, producing 42 snow leopards since 1958.
Adopt-an-Animal: Radiated Tortoise
The radiated tortoise is one of the rarest, largest, and most beautiful tortoises in the world.
Adopt-an-Animal: Mexican Gray Wolf
Mexican gray wolves are the smallest gray wolf subspecies and are approximately half of the size of the North American gray wolf. Despite the name “gray” wolf, their coats are a mix of gray, rust, brown, black and cream.
Adopt-an-Animal: Grant's Zebra
Grant’s zebra can be found in the grasslands, savannas, and open country of Africa, including Southern Sudan and Ethiopia, down to central Angola and eastern South Africa. Grant’s zebras are also known as plains zebra or common zebra.
Adopt-an-Animal: Open-Ended Donation
Make an open-ended donation to the Adopt-an-Animal program and support all of the animals! *No package included.