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Adopt-An-Animal

The Leslie Science & Nature Center's Adopt-An-Animal program is an opportunity to provide direct support to our wildlife. Our educational animals are non-releasable and need permanent care. Your support ensures that these animals continue to inspire and educate our visitors. In the case where we have multiple birds within a species, an LSNC staff member will follow up with you to confirm which specific individual you are adopting.

Your adoption gifts are put to work immediately 

  • Feeding and caring for our animals
  • Providing medical treatment when needed
  • Conducting training of both our animals and our staff
  • Defraying costs for schools that cannot afford our educational programs otherwise
  • Inspiring our visitors and community through educational programs

We have four adoption levels. The first three are as follows:

With your Gold, Silver, or Bronze adoption, you receive by mail:

  • A certificate recognizing your adoption
  • A color photograph of the animal you adopted
  • A fact sheet about the species you adopted
  • An Adopt-A-Raptor or Adopt-A-Critter bumper sticker
  • Your name displayed on the enclosure of your adopted animal
  • Our warmest thanks and a receipt for your tax-deductible donation

Animal adoptions make a great gift! We offer one special adoption level:

Copper level adoption materials are delivered via email for you to present to your teacher. You will receive:

  • A certificate featuring a color photograph of the animal you adopted
  • A fact sheet about the species you adopted
  • Your teacher's name displayed on the enclosure of the adopted animal
  • Our warmest thanks and a receipt for your tax-deductible donation

Adopt an Animal today!

We are currently accepting adoptions for American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Big Brown Bat, Cecropia Moth, Common Snapping Turtle, Eastern American Toad, Eastern Box Turtle, Eastern Screech Owl, Eastern Tiger Salamander, Egyptian Fruit Bat, Great Horned Owl, Green Frog, Jamaican Fruit Bat, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Painted Turtle, Peregrine Falcon, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Turkey Vulture.

Go to our main adoption page to learn more about how you can support our programs and resources, and see who is supporting our animals today!