Bonaire Sea Turtle
© Casper Douma / WWF

Adopt a sea turtle

It's estimated that only around 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings make it to adulthood. 

Your adoption will help protect sea turtle habitats and will also help fund other vital work around the world. When you choose an animal adoption, you are supporting both your chosen animals as well as wider work to help bring our world back to life.

Choose a monthly amount

Prefer a one-off payment ?

Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor sea turtle movements and protect their habitat but also fund our other vital work around the world.

Adopt a sea turtle and receive

Cuddly Toy

An optional soft toy to love forever. Toy may vary from image shown.

Welcome Pack

Choose between our standard welcome pack or a pack created for children under 12.

Regular Updates

We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work including sending your adoption updates three times a year.

Certificate and background

Get a personalised adoption certificate and a lovely turtle video call background.

Sea turtles are excellent navigators – they often migrate hundreds, even thousands of kilometres between feeding and nesting grounds. Male turtles never leave the sea, but females come ashore to lay eggs – amazingly to the same beach where they themselves hatched.

Map graphic detailing turtle habitat ranges

Threats that sea turtles face

Circle with text reading eighty percent decline in Turtles over three generations


Sea turtles need to get to the surface to breathe, and if they get caught up in fishing gear, they can drown.

Silhouette side portrait of a turtle

Habitat Destruction

One of the main threats sea turtles face is the destruction of their habitats. Development along coastlines is destroying nesting beaches, making it harder for female turtles to lay their eggs.

Silhouette of a man standing


Sea turtles are poached for their meat and shells, and nests are raided for eggs, which are seen as a delicacy in some cultures.

20% of coral reefs destroyed

Climate Change

Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, and increase the number, and the intensity, of storms. This can damage and destroy nesting beaches.

How we can help

We’re reducing the negative impact of fishing practices on sea turtles by including the use of less-harmful fishing gear – for example, ‘circle hooks’ instead of traditional ‘j’ hooks can reduce accidental capture of sea turtles by up to 80%.

We’re helping protect sea turtle habitats. In Fiji, we’re working with local communities to protect, monitor and manage turtle nesting grounds.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • Reduce accidental by-catch of turtles and lobbying to have on-board observers on fishing vessels
  • Influencing national policy including input into the Fiji Sea Turtle Recovery Plan
  • Sharing of data and insights with local communities to improve turtle conservation
  • Capacity building on law enforcement, protection, management, research and monitoring
  • Promoting sustainable development and livelihood diversification to reduce pressure on marine environment
  • Fund our other essential work around the world


Green turtles swimming in Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Turtles have light, spongy bones that help them float.

Last minute gift?

Letter thanking supporter for adopting a turtle with WWF
Adopt a sea turtle as a last minute gift! You can print or email a personalised gift certificate online to give on the day.

Free delivery

We offer free delivery but ask you to consider helping to cover postage with an optional £3 donation taken at checkout. This means more of your gift can go towards supporting your adoption animal and our wider work.

Your pack will be sent within 2-3 working days - but allow up to 5 working days for it to arrive.

Want to protect other marine animals too? Check out our adopt a marine animal page to find out more.

Turtle adoption FAQs

Yes, you can adopt a turtle with WWF. Donations from turtle adoptions go both directly to support turtles, as well as to fund our wider work to protect nature and our planet. Adoptions are symbolic for donating and supporting our conservation work with different species. By adopting a turtle, you will be supporting a whole group of turtles, rather than one individual.

You can adopt a sea turtle with WWF from just £3 a month if you pay via Direct Debit, or with a minimum one-off payment of £36. To adopt a turtle with WWF, select your donation amount on the widget, click 'Adopt Now' and then complete your donation via our secure online checkout. 

You can adopt a sea turtle with WWF from just £3 a month via Direct Debit, or from just £36 via a one-off payment. Your money could go further if you pay by Direct Debit as this supports our long-term planning and helps keep our administration costs down.

When you adopt a sea turtle with WWF, 50% of your donation will fund programs of work that directly support turtles while the remaining 50% will fund other projects that need it most. After adopting a turtle you'll receive a welcome pack including an optional toy and note from the WWF team welcoming you on board. We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work by sending you three adoption updates a year. 

Turtle adoptions help us; influence national policy including input into the Fiji Sea Turtle Recovery Plan; reduce accidental by-catch of turtles and lobby to have on-board observers on fishing vessels; encourage use of less-harmful fishing gear - for example use of 'circle hooks' instead of traditional 'j' hooks.

Sea turtle population estimates are based on the number of egg-laying females in the population. Current estimates put Hawksbill Turtle populations at around 30,000-83,000 - and although we can't be sure of the numbers of sea-dwelling males or females that are not breeding, we do know that six out of seven species are at risk of extinction.