Sinbad, one of our adoption kākāpō.
Image: Andrew Digby | DOC

Introduction

Kākāpō adoptions make great gifts – you'll receive a soft toy, personalised certificate, bookmarks and stickers. You'll also be contributing to the conservation of this unique species.

Kākāpō adoptions are closed

Kākāpō adoptions are currently closed. They will reopen in 2023.

The symbolic adoption of a kākāpō is a great way to support the important work of Kākāpō Recovery.

Read the unique stories of 10 kākāpō below and choose one to adopt.

There are only 249 kākāpō alive today.

What you’ll receive

You can choose to receive a physical or digital adoption pack at three different adoption levels – gold, silver or bronze.

Physical adoption packs include a soft toy, printed certificate, stickers and bookmarks. Gold adoptions include a large soft toy, silver a medium soft toy, and bronze a small soft toy. You’ll also receive an email update about your adopted kākāpō.

Digital adoption packs include a personalised digital certificate sent via email to print at home. You’ll also receive an email update about your adopted kākāpō.

If you purchase a physical adoption package, you can request a digital certificate by emailing us at kakapoadoptions@doc.govt.nz. Certificates for digital adoptions will be emailed as standard.

About the adoption scheme

The kākāpō adoption scheme is operated by the dedicated staff at Kākāpō Recovery, based in New Zealand. 

All profits from adoptions contribute directly to the conservation of this unique and remarkable species. This includes funding monitoring equipment, and supporting current research objectives and the management of breeding seasons.

Adoptions of individual kākāpō are not exclusive – multiple people can sponsor the same bird. Adoptions are symbolic and do not entitle purchasers to any ownership of the birds.

Sign up to our newsletter for updates on what has been happening in the programme: Kākāpō Recovery Update.

Contact

If you have any questions emails us at kakapoadoptions@doc.govt.nz.

We may take some time to respond as we receive many emails.

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