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Adopt a Western Lowland Gorilla

adopt a western lowland gorilla package featuring a plush, carrier box and photo-filled five card set

Bring a western lowland gorilla into your home! The $75 Adopt package includes a stuffed animal and a photo-filled five-card set including a postcard, certificate, Build a Zoo Animal card, and more. It’s easy to show your support for your favorite animal, both here at the Zoo and around the world.

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

Western lowland gorillas, the world's largest primates, are critically endangered and face an uncertain future in Africa's remaining equatorial forests. The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, in coordination with other conservation organizations, is working to ensure the future of gorillas in the wild.

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)

The actual plush sent may vary from the plush pictured in the photo. Any substitutions made will be of an equivalent size and value as the plush pictured. Due to safety precautions, Adopt a Species packages will take additional time to be processed and shipped. Thank you for your patience and generous support.

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
  • Postcard
  • Certificate

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

The actual plush sent may vary from the plush pictured in the photo. Any substitutions made will be of an equivalent size and value as the plush pictured. Due to safety precautions, Adopt a Species packages will take additional time to be processed and shipped. Thank you for your patience and generous support.

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!