Adopt a Penguin in the UK 🐧

From £35

Our ‘sponsor a penguin’ packages make the perfect gift with a one-off payment.


Bronze adoption gift pack – £35

Includes adoption certificate, penguin fact sheet, penguin cuddly toy and presentation box

Silver adoption gift pack – £40

All the above plus the adopter’s name on a thank you board at Penguin Coast

Gold adoption gift pack – £55

All above plus a single day entry ticket to Folly Farm to see our penguins

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21 Reviews


Are you mad about penguins? Or are you looking for the perfect gift for someone who is?

Then we’ve got just the thing. A Humboldt penguin adoption!

How do I adopt a penguin?

To adopt a penguin just click buy now and choose if you’d like a bronze, silver or gold adoption. You can adopt for yourself or for someone special and we’ll also send a special gift message along with your cuddly penguin toy in your adoption pack.

Your penguin adoption will last for 12 months, and 10% of the profit will help raise money for our conservation partners including N.A.R.C. who carry out underwater dives off the coast of Pembrokeshire to remove rubbish and protect wildlife. So, you’ll feel good about this gift too.

Schools and group organisations can also sponsor a penguin. Please call the office on 01834 812731 to make arrangements.

Fun facts about penguins

  • The Welsh word for penguin is pengwin. Pen means ‘head’ and gwyn means ‘white’.
  • Penguins have waterproof feathers. Their own built-in wetsuit!
  • Penguins have a protective lens that covers their eyes when they go underwater. Their own built-in goggles!
  • Emperor penguins are the biggest of them all, at nearly four feet tall. Little penguins are the, well, littlest, at just 16 inches.
  • Penguins have very distinctive calls and can recognise each other among a whole bunch of noisy penguins.
  • A penguin’s tongue is covered with spines, which help it catch and hold onto its prey.

About Folly Farm’s Humboldt penguins

Humboldt penguins get their name from the cold sea current that runs along the west coast of South America from Chile to Peru – and that was named after the explorer Alexander von Humboldt. These penguins make their home on sandy beaches and rocky coastlines and generally live for between 20 and 25 years.

Read more about our Humboldt penguins and our Macaroni penguins.

Need to know

We only send our adoption packs to addresses with a UK postcode and the cost of postage is included in the price of an adoption.

As a personalised product, animal adoption packs are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not for resale. If your gift pack arrives damaged, if there is a mistake on the adoption certificate or if the wrong item has been sent, then please email us photos and we’ll send a replacement item.

Our adoptions last 12 months and are for the species rather than a specific, named animal.

You can read our full animal adoption terms and conditions here.

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"Item has still not arrived. [Please note: item ordered during the Christmas closed period so not posted until staff returned to the office which was detailed on the web pages.]"

Eileen Webster, Nuneaton, 04 January 2024

"Brilliant exactly as described. The box that makes a little home that it came in made it feel really special. Looking forward to giving it as a gift on Christmas day."

Lucy Denton, Rugby, 16 December 2023

"My crocodile and penguin adoptions arrived today. They are fabulous, beautifully packaged, very cute animals just the right size. Topped off with a lovely certificate. Next year I will do the same again but they can choose their own animals to adopt. Very impressed. Also superfast delivery. Highly recommended."

Lynne Tunstall, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, 12 December 2023

"Easy to complete and arrived within days. My grandchildren loved it. Very pleased."

Julie Bergin Bristow, Milford Haven, 29 August 2023

"I bought this gift for my penguin crazy sister! The joy she felt was amazing when she opened it."

Tammy Andrews, Staffordshire, 21 August 2023

"Brought for my son's birthday in August, arrived so quick and came in a lovely presentation box. My son loves penguins so this is going to be perfect for him, we can’t wait to see him open it on his birthday."

Kerrie Weetman, Suffolk, 17 July 2023

"My 8 year old grandaughter loves penguins. We visited folly farm a couple of years ago and we are hoping to come again this year. The penguin toy came packaged really well and he is so cute."

Lynn Dryhurst, Staffordshire, 26 January 2023

"Bought in memory of my late grandaughter because her mummy and daddy like receiving Christmas and birthday presents for her so she is always loved. They loved the gift and it is in pride and place on Cara's memory shelves. Will definitely purchase something else for another gift."

Kim Hatton, Bradford, 26 January 2023

"My 6yr old loved his adoption pack he loves penguins and can't wait to come back and visit them."

Amy Doubler, Caerphilly, 26 January 2023

"I bought silver pack for my son. At no point did you ask for the age of my son. My son just adores penguins as has done since he was a small boy. He is now nearly 25. Therefore, the 'Certificate' is rather childish for him and I will need to do my own certificate for him. It is not just children who want to adopt animals!"

Carol Hine, Wellesbourne, 29 September 2022

"I purchased the gold penguin adoption as a gift for my 21 year old daughter who has always loved Penguin. It arrived the following day, in plenty of time for my daughter who absolutely loved it. I also loved that depending on what level you purchase, you can also include a pre paid ticket to Folly Farm. I would highly recommend this as a gift to someone else or even for yourself!"

Angela Hill, Swansea, 11 August 2022

"This was brought for my son who is penguin mad and he absolutely loved it thank you. We can't wait to visit Peter the penguin."

Kelly McColl, Hereford, 10 March 2022

"Simplistic package for children, bit basic for adults."

Maud Prescott, Essex, 31 January 2022

"Bought adoption packs penguin, rhino, panda, and zebra for each of my grand children. Great service fast delivery. Posted straight to their houses. They love them and we all can't wait when you open again to all come and visit. It will be one of the first things we will do as a family once this lock down is over. Thank you again Folly Farm."

Marie Sapsford, Fishguard, 05 October 2020

"My son loves his penguin adoption pack. It put a smile on his face during this very difficult time, as he always loves visiting Folly Farm. He loved the penguin toy and the box it came in along with the adoption certificate. His smile said it all."

Emma Price, Swansea, 05 October 2020

"My daughter asked for a penguin adoption for her 10th birthday. She was so happy when it arrived and loved the information and cuddly toy that came with it!"

Claire Mullett, Llnaharan, 05 October 2020

"We loved seeing the penguins at Folly Farm."

Erin Goddard, Barry, 09 May 2019

"I have bought numerous adoption packs from Folly Farm for my daughter and she absolutely loves them all. She has come to expect one every year for her birthday and Christmas. Fantastic cuddly toy and entry into Folly Farm. She loves the fact that we can go to visit her adopted animal where as with other companies you can't! Can't wait to purchase this year's animal."

Sarah Thomas, Caerphilly, 15 November 2018

"I purchased the adopt a penguin pack last year for my son. He loved the certificate and information sheet but was over the moon when he saw his very own cuddly penguin. He couldn't wait to visit his new friend and using his ticket made him feel very grown up. He loves nothing more than watching the penguins swimming under the water. He is already putting a lot of thought into which animal we should adopt this year."

Ben Barnes-Scrivin, Whitland, 21 February 2018

"I bought the adoption for my daughter Edith’s 3rd birthday present. And then on her birthday took her down to folly farm to see “her penguin”. She absolutely loved it and seeing her name on the board was great, it’s my sons birthday soon and he’s already asked me to adopt an animal for him. It’s a great idea for the kids and great value for money."

Jenny Collins, Burry Port, 20 February 2018
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