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WWF-Canada Gift Guide: Six endangered species for adoption

Human activity affects wildlife all over the world. WWF’s latest Living Planet Report shows how our unsustainable demands on the planet have contributed to a dramatic decline in wildlife populations in the last four decades.

These six endangered species may be rare, but you can bring them home for the holidays with a symbolic adoption. By adopting a species at risk, you are contributing to WWF-Canada’s efforts to protect our planet’s wildlife and the habitats they call home.

1. Orangutan

Orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language, and the species plays an important role in maintaining the health of the forest ecosystem. Threatened by deforestation, hunting and the illegal pet trade, orangutans are critically endangered. If the current rate of decline continues, the population is predicted to decline by more than 80 per cent by 2060. Adopting an orangutan means helping to conserve its habitat and halt trading, as well as supporting other conservation projects.

2. Sea turtle

A resident of our waters for 100 million years, sea turtles help maintain the health of seagrass beds and coral reefs. Three turtle species (hawksbill, green, and Kemp’s Ridley) are endangered or critically endangered and habitat loss, trade, bycatch and climate change are among the major threats to their survival. Adopting a sea turtle means helping to control over-harvesting, protecting their habitat and minimizing the impact of climate change. It also means supporting other conservation projects that will help protect wildlife.

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3. Snow leopard

Known as the “ghost of the mountains,” snow leopards risk vanishing from the wild. Their numbers have tumbled by more than 20 per cent in recent times due to habitat fragmentation, poaching, retaliatory killings from local communities and climate change. Adopting a snow leopard means helping support scientific studies and efforts to protect its range, prevent poaching and mitigate human-leopard conflict. Your adoption supports this work and other vital conservation projects to help protect species and their habitats.

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4. Tiger

The largest of all Asian big cats, the tiger is one of the most revered animals in the world. However, it is threatened by habitat loss, poaching, retributive killing and climate change. The good news is that the countries with tiger populations pledged to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 and the measures to increase the tiger population are working: the number rose from 3,200 in 2010 to 3,890 in 2016. A lot remains to be done. Adopting a tiger means helping to protect its habitat and eliminate tiger trade, as well as supporting other conservation work to help protect species at risk.

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5. White-handed gibbon

Gibbons are among the world’s best acrobats. They have the longest arms (relative to body size) of all primates and move through branches using only their forelimbs. They are also one of the most endangered ape species, threatened by loss of habitat, illegal wildlife trade and poaching. Adopting a gibbon means supporting initiatives to protect its habitat, eliminate poaching and other vital conservation projects.

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6. Red panda

Slightly larger than a domestic cat, the endangered red panda shares a number of characteristics with the giant panda, including its name, but it isn’t related. Poaching, along with a loss of nesting trees and bamboo, have led red panda populations to decline by 50 per cent in fewer than two decades. Adopting a red panda means helping control deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade, as well as supporting other conservation projects.

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Your gift supports WWF-Canada’s conservation efforts in Canada and abroad to protect species and their habitats. Each adoption kit includes an adorable cuddly toy, personalized adoption certificate, a stunning educational species poster, a reusable tote bag and a charitable tax receipt.

See our complete collection of species at risk available for adoption.