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Sergeant Pepper

North American Porcupine
North American Porcupine
North American Porcupine
Bio

With his easy going demeanor and passion for climbing, Sergeant Pepper has been captivating museum visitors since 2002. You can find him in his Animal Corner exhibit which includes both an indoor and outdoor space for him to explore all year round! New to the special programming circuit, Pepper is up for whatever adventure his keepers take him on as long as he gets a sweet treat! 

Bowie

Virginia Opossum
Virginia Opossum
Virginia Opossum
Bio

Bowie spends his days in the opossum habitat located behind the Freshwater exhibit. By nature, he is an excellent napper. Like his resident sister Blondie, and other opossums, he is a solitary guy. Bowie revels in the attention he gets when helping out with special programming (and the treats the come with it!).

Pidge

Rock Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Bio

Pidge loves to spread his wings and fly—even when his trainers least expect it. If you’re lucky, he might even make himself at home…on your head! Pidge lives behind-the-scenes and with a personality as big as his, he is always trying to steal the spotlight (and maybe a sunflower seed or two)!

Gir

Corn Snake
Corn Snake
Corn Snake
Bio

A constrictor? Don’t worry, Gir is a friendly snake who is always up for an adventure!  Although he lives behind-the-scenes, he gets plenty of attention from his keepers and when he comes out for special programming.

Stormy

Striped Skunk
Striped Skunk
Striped Skunk
Bio

Stormy can be found taking long naps in her Animal Corner habitat. When she’s not sleeping, she is usually busy scouting out a new hiding spot—most likely to take a nap in! Stormy enjoys helping out with special programming and was the featured animal artist for Frosty Footprints 2018.

Slydell and Daisy

North American River Otter
North American River Otters
North American River Otters
Bio

Slydell and Daisy are the museum’s most energetic duo! From swimming in their pool all summer long to sliding down snow piles in the winter, these two are always making the most of their time here at the EcoTarium. You can find the “otterly” adorable pair in their habitat located along the Pond and Meadow Path.

Adoption Packages

25
  • Picture

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • Adoption Certificate

This package is sent digitally

50
  • Picture
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Adoption Certificate
  • 4x4 original animal-made painting
  • Recognition in Annual Report
75
  • Picture
  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • Adoption Certificate

  • 5x7 original animal-made painting

  • Small Plush

  • Meet & Greet event

  • Recognition in Annual Report
125
  • Picture
  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • Adoption Certificate

  • 8x10 original animal-made painting

  • Small Plush

  • Meet & Greet event

  • Keeper Report

  • Recognition in the Annual Report
25 per month
  • Opt in to pay $25 per month on an annual basis:

    • Picture
    • Animal Fact Sheet
    • Adoption Certificate
    • 8x10 original animal-made painting
    • Small Plush
    • Meet & Greet event
    • Keeper Report
    • Behind-the-Scenes Tour*
    • Recognition in Annual Report

    *Tour can be scheduled with Development Department at 508.929.2741

Adopt an animal & help the museum!

 

This symbolic adoption program is an opportunity to give direct financial support to an animal of your choosing and to help maintain their health and welfare here at the EcoTarium. Your donation will go towards their food, enrichment, veterinary visits, treats, and so much more.

Annual Animal Ambassador Meet-and-Greet

Not everything about your adoption needs to be symbolic!

If you purchase a symbolic animal adoption package valued at $75 or more, you are invited to pick up your package and meet all of our adoptable animals along with their keepers! From Gir the snake to Sergeant Pepper the porcupine, there is so much to learn about our animal ambassadors!

Next Meet & Greet Event: Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m.

RSVP by November 19: 508.929.2741, email: mmilewski@ecotarium.org

Thank you for your support!

FAQ

What does it mean to symbolically adopt an animal?

  • When you symbolically adopt one of our animals, you do not retain any legal rights to them in any way. Instead, this is an opportunity to give direct financial support to an animal of your choosing and to help maintain their health and happiness here at the EcoTarium. Your donation will go towards their food, enrichment, veterinary visits, treats, and so much more.

Can I adopt more than one animal?

  • Yes. There is no limit to the number of animals you can adopt. You can also choose to adopt the same animal more than once.

Can I adopt an animal every year?

  • Yes. Just like membership, symbolically adopting an animal is renewable. When making your initial donation, you can opt-in to making an annual donation without worrying about lapsing. If you do not choose to automatically renew, you can always choose to adopt again at any time online. All individuals who renew will receive a new adoption package each year—unless they have opted out of receiving a package.

Can I take my adopted animal home and/or hold it?

  • Unfortunately, all of our animals must remain in the care and custody of the EcoTarium. You are also not permitted to hold, touch, or feed any of our animals for both your safety and theirs. As this is a symbolic adoption, you do not officially own any of our animals.

What is a Keeper Report?

  • Keeper Reports are filled out by the EcoTarium staff member that works directly with the animal you adopt. This will include information such as your animal’s favorite snack and how their training is going.

Does every level get a plush animal?

  • Unfortunately no. Plush animals are available at the $75 and $125 packages for the porcupine, snake, opossum, pigeon, and skunk. Plush otters are also available when opting in to the Otter Adoption package which is a monthly payment plan of $25 or more per month, for 12 months (or more). For more information on this package, please email Development at mmilewski@ecotarium.org or call 508.929.2741.

Do members get a discount?

  • No. There are no discounts that apply to symbolically adopting an EcoTarium animal.

Is my donation fully tax-deductible?

  • That depends. You can make your gift fully tax-deductible by opting out of receiving any of the items offered in the adoption package. By doing this, the entirety of your donation becomes tax-deductible. If you choose to receive the adoption package, your tax deductible value can be seen below: Please check back for more information.

Why should I opt into making this an annual donation instead of a one-time donation?

  • If you choose to symbolically adopt an EcoTarium animal annually, this takes the hassle out of choosing to readopt. We will automatically send you out your adoption package when your payment processes (unless you have chosen to make your gift fully tax-deductible). You can always choose to cancel this at any time by calling Development at 508.929.2741.

Do members get a discount?

  • No. There are no discounts that apply to symbolically adopting an EcoTarium animal.

When are Meet & Greets?

  • Meet & Greets will be hosted on a date previously chosen by the EcoTarium. Meet & Greets are for individuals who either purchased or were gifted a symbolic animal adoption package at the $75 value or higher. The first meet & greet will take place on November 24, 2019 at 10 am.

How many people can I bring to the Meet & Greet?

  • You may bring in up to 5 guests to the meet & greet—6 including yourself. Children under the age of 2 are considered guests.
How will I get my adoption package?
  • Packages purchased at the $25 value will be emailed to the purchaser. All other packages will be mailed to the address provided by the purchaser. You may also pick up your package in person on a date agreed upon by yourself and the development department. 

Can I go to the Meet & Greet with a combined package value of $75?

  • No. If you purchase two packages that equal $75 or more, you cannot attend the meet & greet. This perk is only available for those who have purchased individual packages starting at $75.

About the Animals

  • As animals are living creatures, they can be moved off exhibit for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: veterinary checkups, illness, death, etc. If your animal passes away during your support period, you will be notified and your donation will continue to be used to care for our remaining wildlife.
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