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Adopt the penguins at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo.

What’s inside the adoption gift pack?

When you adopt the penguins you will receive an exciting adoption pack full of penguin goodies including:

  • A personalisable certificate of adoption
  • An information booklet all about penguins
  • A penguin notebook and pencil
  • Two penguin photo postcards
  • Penguin stickers, badges and a bookmark
  • Email newsletter updates
  • Upgrades - Choose to add extras to the pack like a penguin cuddly toy or a penguin experience at ZSL London Zoo. Take a look below at the available options!

Your penguin adoption lasts for one year from the date you sign up to the adoption newsletters.


Who is the adoption for? Name to be included on certificate:

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Choose from our range of gifts below to create your very own bespoke adoption pack. Once you've chosen everything you would like, they will appear here:

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    Please note, only one of each adoption can be added. See our Adoptions FAQs.




    Select the gifts to include in your adoption pack:

    Emperor penguin chick beanie, 9cm
    Emperor penguin chick beanie, 9cm
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    This cute little emperor penguin chick beanie toy fits into your hand and makes a lovely little memento from your trip to the zoo.

    A great companion for your little one to hold and carry on adventures!

    There are fifteen collectable animals to choose from making these beanies perfect for party bags.

    Penguin mug
    Penguin mug
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    Made from fine bone china this mug has two beautiful illustrations each side of an emperor penguin. Complemented on a light blue background with a footprint inside the mug adding a cute touch.

    This Penguin mug is perfect for your favourite hot drink whether it’s at home or in the office.

    This Penguin mug is a great gift for penguin lovers as it comes presented in a gift box.

    Emperor penguin chick soft toy, 20cm
    Emperor penguin chick soft toy, 20cm
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    An adorable friend to hold and cuddle, this super soft and fluffy Emperor penguin chick has a silvery-grey, fluffy coat with a little black beak and feet.

    A beautifully made lifelike Emperor penguin baby is a perfect gift for small hands and tagging along on day trips.

    This cuddly penguin baby would make a friend forever!

    Meet the Penguins Gift Experience at ZSL London Zoo
    Meet the Penguins Gift Experience at ZSL London Zoo
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    The perfect gift for animal lovers, this gift experience lets you step behind the scenes at ZSL London Zoo, where you’ll get the chance to meet our adorable penguins. An expert zoo keeper will be on hand throughout the experience to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about our penguins.

    The gift experience is presented in an attractive gift voucher pack which is valid for one year with instructions on how to book onto this wonderful experience. 

    This is a great opportunity for someone who loves penguins to get up close to their favourite animal.

    All profits from the sale of these experiences go back to the charity to help support ZSL’s worldwide conservation projects, as well as care for the penguins at our zoos.

    Meet the Penguins gift experience includes

    • A 15 minute experience where you meet the penguins at ZSL London Zoo
    • Discover more about this amazing species from an expert zoo keeper who can answer all your questions
    • Health and safety briefing
    • Experience gift pack including penguin experience voucher for one person
    • FREE shipping  

    Threats to penguins

    It is estimated that between 5.5 and 14.6 million tonnes of plastic currently enter the ocean every year affecting many sea creatures including penguins. Some penguin species, such as the Galapagos penguin, are now listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

    The main threats to these amazing species are overfishing, ocean pollution and climate change.

    How is ZSL helping?

    Led by ZSL and partners in the Marine CoLABoration, we have created the #Oneless campaign to encourage individuals, communities, businesses and government to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles. This campaign highlights the importance of saving and reusing plastic so that we reduce the amount of plastic entering the ocean.

    How does an adoption help the penguins?

    By adopting the penguins you are showing your love and support for this beautiful species. The adoption helps fund ZSL’s worldwide conservation work and important conservation campaigns such as the #Oneless, as well as providing care for the penguins as ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.


    Standard delivery (Brown Hare service) in the UK is £3.99 but you can upgrade to Special Delivery (Cheetah service) for £6.99 

    To find out more, check out our Shipping info page


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