WWF Adopt a Turtle
WWF Adopt a Turtle Gift Pack

Adopt a Turtle

WWF Adopt an Animal

from £3.00 a month

  • Adoption gift pack includes a cuddly turtle toy,  factbook, bookmarks, stickers, and a personalisable certificate!
  • Receive regular updates with WWF’s “Wild World” and “My Turtles” magazines.
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Last Minute Gift

Last Minute Gift?

Left it til the last minute again? No problem! WWF offer a gift certificate to print or email so you have something to give on the big day. Your standard gift pack will then be received within 10 days of purchase.

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FREE Standard Delivery

WWF offer FREE delivery as standard. Please allow up to 10 days for gift pack delivery. If you need the gift pack sooner choose express delivery for £7.50 and the package will be sent the same day if you order before 2pm Monday - Thursday.

WWF Registered Charity Number: 1081247

Adopt a Turtle

Adopt a Turtle

Turtles Needs Your Help

Every year over 250,000 marine turtles drown by becoming entangled in fishing lines and nets that choke the world’s oceans. When you adopt a turtle with WWF you can help to protect hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, flatback, olive ridley, Kemp’s ridley and green turtles from danger.

WWF run programmes to protect these turtles such as the Hawksbill Turtle which lives in the waters around Fiji. Their females return each year to nest on Talice beach, on the uninhabited island of Yadua Taba. WWF use painless flipper tags to track and record the turtles’ locations. This helps them to find out more about their movement patterns and also enables them to share the knowledge to help their endangered species throughout the world.

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Turtle Adoption Gift Pack with Cuddly Toy

If you have a loved one who is into sealife then what better gift for them than a turtle adoption? This great gift includes a lovely cuddly turtle, plus a jam-packed welcome pack including certificate and fact book. They will also get regular updates throughout the year on how they are helping to protect turtles and other sealife.

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Turtle Facts

5 Turtle Facts

  1. Turtles are reptiles and like all reptiles this means the turtle is cold blooded.
  2. The hard shell that protects the turtle like a shield is known as a carapace.
  3. In some species of turtle, the egg temperature determines the sex of the offspring. Lower temperatures produce male turtles, whilst higher temperatures produce females.
  4. Only one in one thousand baby sea turtles survive into adulthood because they are a source of food for other marine animals and birds.
  5. Turtles have been present on Earth for over 200 million years!

Why Adopt a Turtle?

Marine turtles are in serious danger. There are a total of seven species and it is reckoned that at least six of those are at risk of extinction. This should not come as much of a surprise because despite female adults laying lots of eggs, it is estimated that just 1 in 1,000 hatchlings survive and mature into adults. Marine turtles are amazing creatures, navigating across thousands of kilometres as they migrate between where they feed and where they nest. Whilst male turtles never come ashore, female turtles return to the exact same beach where they themselves hatched. Unfortunately for marine turtles there has been an 80% decline in their population over the last three generations. If that is not enough to scare you, here are five reasons why you should adopt a turtle.

1. Help Prevent Unnecessary Deaths

Whilst marine turtles live in the ocean, they are actually reptiles and need to surface in order to breathe. Often what happens is as they swim up to the surface, they become trapped in fishing gear and end up drowning. This is completely unnecessary and one way to prevent this from happening is by adopting a turtle through WWF. The money raised will be used to promote the use of less harmful fishing gear which can cut the number of turtles that are captured accidentally by as much as 80%.

2. Stop Destruction Of Nesting Grounds

Unfortunately, even aquatic animals suffer from human-induced habitat destruction. The turtle is unique in the sense that the female turtle needs to lay her eggs on a very specific beach. Coastlines are often prime real estate and end up being developed which results in the destruction of nesting beaches and with them any possibility for females to lay their eggs. By adopting a turtle, you will be helping WWF create and expand marine protected areas so this doesn’t happen.

3. Help WWF Fight Back Against Illegal Poaching

In some cultures, turtles are prized for their meat and some locals will raid turtle nests for eggs which are considered to be a delicacy. There is not a lot you can do about that, but education can offer some respite. By adopting a turtle, you will be helping to fund the efforts of WWF as it seeks to educate local communities about the importance of managing and conserving their natural resources which includes ensuring that marine turtles continue to survive. Your money will also be used to enhance the efforts of law enforcement in the prevention of illegal trade in turtles.

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4. Help Mitigate Against The Impact Of Climate Change

It’s no secret that sea levels are rising. Increasing temperatures are also wreaking havoc on the weather. Rising sea levels combined with increased frequency and intensity of storms is causing damage and destruction of nesting beaches. Without these beaches eggs will not be laid and it doesn’t take rocket science to work out what impact that will have on turtle populations. By adopting a turtle you can help fund WWF’s efforts in its fight against climate change and hopefully mitigate its impact on a species that is at serious risk of disappearing.

5. Show Someone You Care By Adopting A Turtle In Their Name

Now you know just how precarious the marine turtle’s situation is, a turtle adoption as a gift to someone is a great way to let them know you care whilst educating them at the same time. The great thing about a turtle adoption, is the recipient will get a bunch of goodies but more importantly, WWF will update them about the state of turtle conservation throughout the course of the year.

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About WWF

For a small regular monthly fee you can Adopt an Animal with WWF for yourself or a friend which will help to safeguard the future of your selected species and their habitat. Animal adoptions make great charity gifts and are also an excellent way to show your support to the worlds wildlife and help to fund the work WWF does on conservation. You can also support their great work with a WWF Membership or by choosing from one of their selection of charity gifts at the WWF Shop.

WWF Charity Information

WWF are the worlds largest independent environmental organisation. Originating in the UK where they were formed in 1961 they are now active all over the world. As a charity the WWF rely heavily on donations from members and supporters.

WWF Facts

  • a truly global network who are active in over than 100 countries
  • a science-based organisation who tackle issues including the survival of species and habitats, climate change, sustainable business and environmental education
  • over five million supporters worldwide
  • 90 per cent of their income comes from donations from people and the business community

WWF’s Mission

WWF are on a mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment. They want to build a future in which we can live in harmony with nature. It’s a simple mission statement but difficult to achieve. They aim to use their practical experience and knowledge to find and implement longterm solutions. They have set out some clear pointers to help achieve their goal.

  • Conserve the world’s biological diversity.
  • Campaign for the use of renewable and sustainable resources.
  • Reduce pollution and wasteful consumption.

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