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Adopt an Orangutan

Batang reclining with baby Redd on her chest

On September 12, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the first Bornean orangutan birth in 25 years. A male infant, named Redd, was born to 19-year-old female Batang and 19-year-old male Kyle. The name Redd was chosen as a reflection of the nickname “red ape” that is often associated with orangutans. Orangutans are the largest arboreal mammals. The IUCN lists both species of orangutan—Bornean and Sumatran—as critically endangered, primarily due to habitat loss. You can do your part to help orangutans by being a careful consumer. Always ensure that purchases containing palm oil are produced by sustainably-sourced plantations.

Adopt an orangutan to support Friends of the National Zoo and help the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species.

Adopt Package Options

Packages at this level include:

  • Matted replica animal track print (not available for bald eagle, California sea lion, or golden lion tamarin)
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S.

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!


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

  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S.

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!


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

  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Matted replica animal track print (not available for bald eagle, California sea lion, or golden lion tamarin)
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S.

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!


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

  • Private meet-a-keeper tour (subject to availability)
  • 12-inch stuffed animal
  • Matted replica animal track print (not available for bald eagle, California sea lion, or golden lion tamarin)
  • Personalized certificate
  • 5-inch by 7-inch photo
  • Fact sheet

Shipping is free! Adopt packages ship anywhere within the U.S.

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!