I’ve known about the World Wildlife Fund “adoptions” for awhile now but it was only recently that I actually visited the site to check it out. Nate (8) spends a lot of his day concerned with animal welfare and watching Animal Planet and I realized this would be a great idea for him.
For $50, you can symbolically “adopt” an animal on the World Wildlife Fund. What does this mean? You receive a plush animal and a certificate saying you helped that animal. The funds made from your donation support the helping of that animal in the wild.
I knew Nate would love it and I was right. I actually ended up ordering him a $50 gift card so he could choose from the assortment of animals available.After spending quite awhile reading about the various animals, he settled on the bald eagle. The World Wildlife Fund says this about the eagle:
Bald eagles live along the rivers, lakes, marshes, and seacoasts of North America. While fish make up the majority of its diet, the bald eagle will also prey upon other birds and small mammals, such as rabbits. A conservation success story, after being protected under the Endangered Species Act, bald eagle populations in the lower 48 states have been down listed to threatened. These majestic birds are still at risk due to habitat loss, toxins, and pollution.
Within a few days, a stuffed animal, certificate and note thanking Nate for his donation arrived on our doorstop. He’s a kid so of course he loves the stuffed animal but the note and certificate were hung with pride. He loves that he helped, if even a little bit, to support the preservation of an animal species.
I’ll definitely be adopting an animal from the World Wildlife Fund again and recommend it for any child who is interested in animal science or animal welfare.