This page has general information on wild
animal adoption (sponsorship) programs and links to some of those programs.
I- Info on Symbolic Adoption Programs
Symbolically adopting a wild animal is also known as sponsoring. Most agencies and organizations use
the word, "adoption." Others use the word, "sponsor." Adopting a wild animal is a truly wonderful way
to learn about wildlife and support those agencies/organizations trying to help those precious creatures. With
many programs you get a photo, a certificate, some information, and other interesting things.
With some agencies and
organizations you may also get a toy version of the
animal you adopted, a subscription to a wildlife magazine or newsletter, a book, or something else. It
depends on the package you purchase.
Many programs are relatively inexpensive (ex: 25 dollars a year). Some even let you decide how much
to pay. Some are more expensive, but have different levels. With programs like that, the most expensive
price usually comes first, so if you see an expensive one online, keep reading to see if that program
has different price levels. Some adoption programs are expensive and do not have
multiple levels. But that may be
because people of that agency are also taking care of the animals and they have
to provide food, medicine and other things.
Some programs allow you to symbolically adopt individual animals and will keep you up-to-date on
that particular animal. These animals might be in the wild
and observed by researchers, in a hospital/rehab recovering, living at a sanctuary, or somewhere
else. However, do not expect updated information on a particular animal unless that is
mentioned in the package. With other programs, you are given no info on an individual animal; for example: an adopt a bottlenose dolphin package that gives you a certificate, a photo of
a bottlenose dolphin and info on the species, but does not provide info on an individual bottlenosed dolphin.
You still may get updates, but those will consists of what the agency/organization is doing to help
the species in general.
II-Symbolic Adoption Programs
Here is a short list of some agencies and organizations that have adoption (sponsorship)
programs. There are many others.
Various Land Animals: International Animal Rescue
At the top of the screen towards the middle, you can select currency (USD, EUR, or GPD). Adoption Program Homepage
Various Land and Aquatic Animals: Defenders of Wildlife
Their adoption program has various levels. Right now (as of 3/26/2017), there is a sale going
on for their adoption packages.
Adoption Program Homepage
Porpoise: Porpoise Conservation Society
You can adopt a variety of porpoises, including the vaquita. Adoption Program Homepage
Sea Turtle Nest: National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation
Although the programs here are more expensive than some of the other programs, it seems to
be well worth the money.
In this case, you will be "adopting" a protected nest of sea turtle eggs on a beach.
The info on the website may be a little confusing. Suffice it to say, the 60 dollar program
includes a large, toy turtle, while the 40 dollar plan does not. (Look on the left
side for the choices.) Both include a year-long nature magazine subscription.
In regards to the homepage, there is a video so the screen
may take several seconds to load. Adoption Program Homepage
Elephants: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
This adoption program is on the expensive side. However, they are providing a place for the elephants
to roam and live.
Adoption Program Homepage
Donkeys: The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
This sponsorship program is very expensive. However, they actually rescue donkeys and provide
a place for them to roam and live. In addition to their sponsorship program, you can actually bring 2 donkeys home
with you to live through their Foster Farm Program! You have to live near Guelph, Canada and meet other qualifications. Right now
they are closed, so you cannot visit the donkeys. But they will open again in May. However,
their website is still active. Sponsorship Program Homepage
Remember, if you cannot or do not want to adopt (sponsor), you can still help these organizations.
Many of these websites have online gift shops that have much more than adoption packages