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Published April 9th 2013
Adopt a Brown Bear or a Tiger For the Best Show & Tell
My kids love visiting the zoos especially Healesville Sanctuary, with the animal rescue and surgical areas being in full view of zoo visitors. Last time we were there a tiny little Koala had come in to their care after the mother had been hit and killed by a car, we watched as they fed the tiniest koala you could imagine and wrap it up like a new born baby. The kids wanted to take it home after they were told the keepers took her home to feed her several times a night.
When I heard about adopting animals through Zoos Victoria I thought it was a great idea to keep the kids interested in wildlife and to teach them about their habitat and why some species are endangered.
With Zoos Victoria adoption program you receive regular e-newsletters on your chosen animal family and a welcome pack with fact-sheets of your chosen ambassador animal.
You can choose one of 29 different animals to be your adopted animal, which includes the most popular animals, such as Brown Bear, Cheetah, Giant Tortoise, Gorilla, Giraffe, Hippo, Tiger, Leopard, Rhino and more.
Whilst it's not like a regular animal adoption that you get to take the animal home with you, it's more like sponsorship, which I know is a little disappointing because who wouldn't like the security of having a Brown Bear as a pet?
Adopting a pet is easy and can be done online, it costs $15 a month or $180 a year. It could be a great present for someone like me who doesn't have space for any more trinkets nor feel like dusting anything else. It's a win win situation, the buyer feels good and the recipient gets to display a picture of 'their' animal.
The adopting person will also receive invitations to special animal adopter events.
A yearly membership is the best value if you are going to adopt and visit regularly with a family membership being $169 annually and that gives you entry to all three Zoos (Healesville, Werribee and Melbourne Zoos).
Entry is worked out by the first adult membership being $91 with consecutive adult membership at $78 and children are included on adults memberships free.