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Symbolically Adopt (Sponsor) a Wild Animal

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.

Tiger, Lion, Ocelot, and Other Big Cats: Big Cat Rescue
Sponsorship Program
Homepage

Birds: Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research
Adoption Program
Homepage

Manatee: Save the Manatee Club
Adoption Program
Homepage

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

Vaquita (Mexican porpoise): Save the Whales
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

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