Five new species available for adoption
You can now bring home five new adorable species, available through WWF-Canada’s collection of symbolically adoptable animals. Whether you’re searching for a perfect gift for your favourite bird enthusiast, lighting up the world for a child in your life or simply want a meaningful way to invest in our environment, your symbolic adoption will support important conservation programs across the globe.
Meet the newest members of our adoptable WWF-Canada family:
Name: Moose (Alces alces)
Range: In North America, the moose is found from Alaska all the way to the Maritime provinces, and as far south as the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Diet: Leaves, twigs, buds, shrubs, aquatic plants and bark.
Did you know: The moose is the tallest mammal in North America, standing about 1.8 metres tall from shoulder to foot.
How you can make a difference through WWF: Factors such as climate change and parasites put stress on moose populations. With your support, WWF can work towards ensuring a healthy future for moose and other species across Canada.
Name: Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Range: Cheetahs can be found in a wide variety of ecoregions in Africa but have disappeared from vast portions of their historic ranges.
Diet: They primarily prey on gazelles, kobs and impalas, as well as wildebeests, kudus and elands. They can also go after ground-dwelling birds and small mammals such as hares.
Did you know: The word cheetah comes from the Sanskrit word ‘chitraka’, which means ‘the spotted one ’.
How you can make a difference through WWF: Cheetahs are threatened by hunting, habitat loss and the decline of prey populations. With your support, WWF can protect habitats across the globe, ensuring the long-term survival of species like the cheetah.
Name: Bison (Bison bison)
Range: The bison’s historic range is from the southeastern United States all the way to northwestern Canada. In Canada, they can be found in British Columbia, northwest Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.
Diet: Bison feed primarily on grass, plants and sometimes berries.
Did you know: Bisons are an ancient species and survivors of the Ice Age.
How you can make a difference through WWF: Once numbering 30 to 60 million in North America, their numbers were decimated to fewer than 1,000 in just a few decades throughout the late 1800s. No other species on Earth has declined so quickly. WWF works with public, private and Indigenous groups to help protect bison by identifying opportunities and creating places where they can thrive.
Name: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates)
Range: Dolphins inhabit warm and temperate seas worldwide and can live in both shallow waters near shore or further out in deep darker waters.
Diet: Fish, squid and shrimp.
Did you know: Unlike other mammals, they do not have a sense of smell.
How you can make a difference through WWF: With your help, WWF can continue to protect our oceans for all wildlife.
Name: Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus)
Range: Northern saw-whet owls nest in tree cavities in coniferous forests across North America, including open pine forests, spruce-fir associations, white cedar swamps and mixed woods.
Diet: These night hunters feed primarily on rodents found in forests, but are also known to prey on birds, amphibians, large insects and even crustaceans in coastal forest habitats.
Did you know: Northern saw-whet owls are tiny and are only about 18-21 cm in length .
How you can make a difference through WWF: Although abundant in some areas, the Northern saw-whet owl brooksi subspecies, which is found only on Haida Gwaii, is listed as threatened under Canada’s federal Species at Risk Act. This declining population is threatened by loss of habitat due to human activities such as the harvesting of lumber. With your help, WWF can ensure the long-term survival of the saw-whet owl and its habitat.