Vampire Bat Close-up

Hamming it up for the camera

How can you say no to such cheeky grins?

Why adopt:

We believe there are few jobs more important than conserving biological diversity. For example, raptors (birds of prey) are literally a barometer of how well we are conserving our environment. Poised at the top of the food pyramid, they represent an early warning system for all of us.

A specialized species, as we use the term, is any species so dependent upon its environment that it cannot exist when that environment has been destroyed By breeding these species we are ensuring that they never become extinct should this happen to them. We are, in effect, acting as an insurance policy against extinction.

Accordingly, one aspect of our continuing mission is to maintain a number of threatened (Appendix 2) or endangered (Appendix 1) animal species as classified by CITES*. This includes birds of prey that have been injured in the wild and have been rehabilitated, but are not releasable. We supply their young to reintroduction programs for their release to the wild, when needed, and where this is applicable.

An important way to support this ongoing endeavor is our Adopt-A-Species Program. This is one very real opportunity to do your part in conserving the species of the world.

* CITES; The Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora.

How our Adopt-A-Species Program Works

We offer you the opportunity to help the Centre by joining our Adopt-a-Species program. When you become a sponsor, you will receive an adoption certificate, a photograph, and annually updated case history of the animals at the Centre which belong to the species you have chosen to sponsor.

Your sponsorship will help us with the ongoing maintenance, captive propagation and future reintroduction of the species that you're sponsoring. If your preference is not to sponsor a species, a donation of any kind is also greatly appreciated.

Anyone sending $40.00 or more to the Adopt-A-Species Program will be placed on our mailing list to receive our biannual newsletter, "The Conservation Chronicle" containing news, accomplishments, and activities of The Centre.

The work The Centre is involved in is ongoing and ever expanding, and the funding we receive from our Adopt-A-Species program assists us with meeting the needs of the animals in our care, and ensuring the continuation of the quality of their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.

How to adopt

Please choose from a species from our Species Library.

Then send a letter stating which species you would like to adopt, along with your name and mailing address, and a check or money order in the amount of $40.00 to:

The Centre for the Conservation of Specialized Species

RR #2 Havelock, Ontario, Canada, K0L 1Z0

Unfortunately, tax deductible receipts cannot be sent for the Adopt-A-Species Program. If you require a receipt for tax purposes, Please visit our Donations page. If you have any further questions about our Adopt-A-Species program, please contact us.


If you have found an injured bird of prey (hawk, falcon, owl, etc.), contact the Centre and our experienced staff can assist in determining what steps should be taken to ensure the bird receives the best possible care.



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