HOW TO HELP

Symbolic Adoptions

Helping Care for Our Wildlife

Through Symbolic Adoptions, you are helping preserve our wildlife whether you are doing it for yourself or as a gift.

You can help a child in your life learn more about respecting wildlife! Give him or her the gift of symbolically adopting animals in Southwest Florida that need your help because they are endangered. This provides a sense of empowerment to the child that they are taking big part in caring for the local wildlife that surrounds them.

Symbolic Adoptions are just $75 per year!

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How Symbolic Animal Adoption Works

The WEP works with Southwest Florida’s nature centers and organizations that provide direct care and protection to ensure that our local animal wildlife and sea creatures are protected. Part of your contribution will fund that the work that rehabilitates hurt animals or to support the protection of Federal and State specified endangered species.

When you become a partner with the WEP through Symbolic Adoption, you or your child will receive a:

  • Copy of the award-winning book by Kyle Miller, “TROUPER – The True Adventures of a Blind Raccoon: The Beginning,”
  • Letter from Trouper’s caretaker Dorothy “Dot” Lee
  • And, email updates from the WEP on local wildlife, and ways to connect with local groups for clean up days, or other special events.

Why we need your help!

This is a list of all the animals that are nearing extinction and have earned either Federal or State protection! Help us make sure our species of Florida stay a part of the animal kingdom!

Your gift helps these Florida Species that are Federally-Designated Endangered

FISH
Atlantic sturgeon
Shortnose sturgeon
Smalltooth sawfish

AMPHIBIANS
Reticulated flatwoods salamander

REPTILES
Green sea turtle
Hawksbill sea turtle
Kemp’s ridley sea turtle
Leatherback sea turtle

BIRDS
Bachman’s wood warbler
Cape Sable seaside sparrow
Eskimo curlew
Everglade snail kite
Florida grasshopper sparrow
Ivory-billed woodpecker
Kirtland’s wood warbler (Kirtland’s warbler)
Red-cockaded woodpecker

MAMMALS
Anastasia Island beach mouse
Caribbean monk seal
Choctawhatchee beach mouse
Finback whale
Florida bonneted (mastiff) bat
Florida panther Puma
Florida salt marsh vole
Gray bat
Gray wolf
Humpback whale
Indiana bat
Key deer
Key Largo cotton mouse
Key Largo
Lower Keys rabbit
North Atlantic right whale
Perdido Key beach mouse
Red wolf
Rice rat
Sei whale
Sperm whale
St. Andrew beach mouse
West Indian manatee (Florida manatee)

INSECTS
American burying beetle
Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak
Miami blue butterfly
Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly

MOLLUSKS
Choctaw bean
Fat threeridge (mussel)
Gulf moccasinshell
Ochlockonee moccasinshell (mussel)
Oval pigtoe (mussel)
Round ebonyshell
Shinyrayed pocketbook (mussel)
Southern kidneyshell

Your gift helps these Florida State-designated Threatened Species

FISH
Blackmouth shiner
Crystal darter
Key silverside

MAMMALS
Big Cypress fox squirrel
Everglades mink

REPTILES
Florida brownsnake
Gopher tortoise
Key ringneck snake
Peninsula ribbon snake
Rim rock crowned snake
Short-tailed snake
Striped mud turtle

BIRDS
Florida sandhill crane
Least tern
Snowy plover
Southeastern American kestrel
White-crowned pigeon

Read the report “FLORIDA’S ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES” published by the FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION.

Download the Report

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