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Adopt a Bald Eagle

Adopt a Species to give the perfect gift to the conservationist in your life — even if the conservationist is you.

When the bald eagle was chosen as the United States' national symbol in 1782, there were an estimated 25,000 to 75,000 of these birds nesting in the lower 48 states. Illegal shooting, habitat destruction, lead poisoning and the catastrophic effects of the pesticide DDT reduced eagle numbers to just 417 pairs by 1963. In 1967, the bald eagle was declared an endangered species.

With legal protection and reintroduction programs, the species rebounded. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are more than 7,000 breeding bald eagle pairs. When you symbolically adopt an animal, you support Friends of the National Zoo in its efforts to help the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species.

Adopt Package Options

Last chance to order for holiday delivery is Dec. 16.

Packages at this level come in an animal carrier box and include:

  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • New photo-filled five-card set, including:
    • Postcard
    • Two animal fact cards
    • Build a Zoo Animal activity
    • Certificate

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the contiguous U.S. (excludes PR, AK, HI and APO/DPO)

Have a question about an Adopt package? contact us.

Please note that Adopt packages do not include a FONZ membership. Interested in becoming a member? Join FONZ today!


Last chance to order for holiday delivery is Dec. 16.

At the $1,000 level, your Adopt package goes way beyond an animal carrier box. During your exclusive meet-a-keeper tour, you'll learn about your favorite animal from the people who are leading the conservation charge here at the Zoo. It's the perfect opportunity for a special moment, too—from birthday gifts to engagements.

Packages at this level include:

  • Exclusive meet-a-keeper tour (subject to availability)
  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • New photo-filled five-card set, including:
    • Postcard
    • Two animal fact cards
    • Build a Zoo Animal activity
    • Certificate

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the contiguous U.S. (excludes PR, AK, HI and APO/DPO)

Have a question about an Adopt package? contact us.

Please note that Adopt packages do not include a FONZ membership. Interested in becoming a member? Join FONZ today!