WWF-Canada Gift Guide: Six endangered species for adoption
These six endangered species may be rare, but you can bring them home for the holidays with a symbolic adoption. By adopting one as a gift, you are contributing to World Wildlife Fund’s efforts to protect our planet’s animals and the habitats they call home.
Take home our rarest adoption species:
The orcas of the Salish Sea are icons of the Pacific coast. This small population now numbers just 76 whales and their survival threatened by a shortage of Chinook salmon and underwater noise. By adopting an orca, you are supporting our work to protect Canada’s oceans for wildlife.
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 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.
The largest of all Asian big cats, the tiger is one of the most revered animals in the world. It is threatened, however, 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.
The black-footed ferret was once thought to be globally extinct. Alongside other organizations, WWF-Canada worked to reintroduce the species back into its prairie home, restoring a small population in North America. When you adopt a species, you are supporting these types of critical conservation projects.
Slightly larger than a domestic cat, the endangered red panda shares many 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 less than two decades. Adopting a red panda means helping control deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade, as well as supporting other conservation projects.
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.
Your gift supports WWF-Canada’s conservation efforts in Canada and abroad to protect wildlife 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. Many of our adoptions are also available as a beautiful wildlife card.
Don’t miss out on these meaningful gifts. Please order by Dec. 11 (regular shipping) and Dec. 18 (priority shipping) to ensure delivery before Dec. 25.