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


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.

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 252 kākāpō alive today.

Kākāpō adoptions are open

Adoptions are open from Thursday 27 October to Friday 2 December 2022. Adoptions will then reopen in 2023.

Staff from Kākāpō Recovery manage the adoption scheme alongside important conservation work. We appreciate your patience while we process and prepare your adoption.

2022 Christmas orders

New Zealand orders: estimated delivery time is 2 to 4 weeks from ordering. We expect all packages to arrive before Christmas.

International orders: estimated delivery time is 4 to 6 weeks from ordering. We recommend placing your order before Monday 7 November to avoid disappointment.

We will make every effort to get packages in the post in time for Christmas, but we cannot guarantee that packages will arrive in time, due to variation in delivery times.

Postage costs to all destinations worldwide are included in the price of the adoption.

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 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.

Choose a kākāpō to adopt


Adopt now

There are two ways you can adopt, depending on whether you’re adopting for one person or for a classroom.

Adopting as a classroom is for schools only. It allows you to include your classroom name in the adoption certificate, and the number of students in your class so we can include enough materials for everyone.


If you have any questions emails us at

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

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