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Adopt an endangered species

You can save an iconic species with just £3 a month. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but we make every penny count. We can protect and prevent habitat loss,  promote human-wildlife coexistence, enable wildlife ranger training and welfare programmes and provide vital equipment for those working on the frontline to prevent wildlife crime. From education to law enforcement, we can do a lot with £3 per month. Imagine what we can do with more.

Why adoption is so important

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation focuses support on eight iconic species. Our adoptions of these species enable us to make a real difference to key projects on a long-term basis. Some of these species have been associated with us from the very beginning. Our founder, the wildlife artist David Shepherd CBE, was known as the ‘man who loved giants’, as elephants were one of his favourite subjects to paint. Others, like the pangolin, have come under our spotlight more recently for the wrong reason – being dangerously close to extinction. Adopt today to help provide long term conservation for endangered species.


DSWF Pangolin Adoption pack

What’s included?

  • A personalised adoption certificate
  • A copy of  DSWF’s ‘Wildlife Matters’ Magazine
  • Bio sheet and photo introducing your chosen animal
  • Fact sheet about your chosen species
  • A beautiful art print depicting your chosen species, exclusive to DSWF

For adoptions of £5 per month or £47 a year and over, you can also opt to receive a beautiful, handknitted toy crafted by the Little Ndaba women’s group in Zambia – a community project supported by DSWF.

Adoption packs are only available to be posted within the UK. Alternatively you can opt to receive a digital adoption pack, sent via email.  We aim to dispatch all orders within 7 working days. Parcels are sent 2nd class untracked with Royal Mail.

More than a toy.

Our adoption toys are made by the ladies of the Little Ndaba group in Zambia. They are ethically sourced 100% African cotton and are crocheted by over 100 women from remote villages across the country.

*Toys available in adoptions of £5 per month or £47 a year and over.

“Thank you very much for the beautiful Adoption Pack. I absolutely love how beautifully it is made, with all the information about the species as well as a personal (and a very touching) story of Chamilandu that makes me feel really close to her. When I received the Adoption Pack yesterday, it totally made my day.”


“Our adopters have enabled us to support vital projects year-on-year. Together, we’ve seen Zambia’s first wild-born calf from an elephant raised by an orphanage take its first steps. We’ve celebrated a snow leopard super mum and raced alongside painted dogs, and seen a son replace a father in the ranks. These are animals our adopters have personally made a difference for, giving them the protection they need in their fragile and shrinking world.” 

Georgina Lamb, CEO, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. 

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