Your adoption will help protect marine 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.
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 turtle movements and protect their habitat but also fund our other vital work around the world.
Adopt a turtle and receive
Marine 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.
Threats that turtles face
Marine turtles need to get to the surface to breathe, and if they get caught up in fishing gear, they can drown.
One of the main threats marine 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.
Marine turtles are poached for their meat and shells, and nests are raided for eggs, which are seen as a delicacy in some cultures.
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 marine turtles by, including the use of less-harmful fishing gear – for example, ‘circle hooks’ instead of traditional ‘j’ hooks can reduce accidental capture of turtles by up to 80%.
We’re helping protect marine 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
Turtles have light, spongy bones that help them float.
Last minute gift?
Your pack will be sent within 2-3 working days - but allow up to 5 working days for it to arrive.
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 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 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 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.