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Adopt a Cheetah

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

Though once numbering more than 100,000, only 7,500 to 10,000 cheetahs remain on the plains of Africa today. The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute contributes to cheetah conservation through cheetah reproduction research, but there is still much to be done to ensure the survival of the fastest land animal on earth.

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

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!


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!