Adopt an endangered panda and help vital conservation work
Pandas have lived on our planet for about 3 million years.
Don’t let them become nothing more than a memory.
It's shocking to think that there are only about 1600 giant pandas remaining in the wild.
Today they can only be found in the forest areas high in the mountains of south-western China. But the terrible catastrophe of last year's earthquake, which tragically devastated countless human lives, has also worsened the plight of the panda.
Massive landslides, triggered by the earthquake, destroyed great swathes of forest - which had already been fragmented by agriculture, industry, roads and other forms of encroachment. That means that the pandas have even more trouble finding enough of their staple diet - bamboo.
But it's not just that. If pandas are unable to roam freely through the forest to find mating partners - and females are only in season for two or three days each spring - the chances of breeding are even more limited.
Panda adoption pack
When you adopt a panda, you'll be helping this beautiful creature, its habitat and other animals that live in the same environment. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
Where your money can help
WWF was the first international conservation organisation to work in China - and has been instrumental in implementing a very successful panda project since 1980 which has led to the creation of over 60 protected nature reserves where the panda can safely roam.
We still need to do much more, and last year's tragic earthquake makes the need ever more pressing. We are now working with the Chinese government on a reconstruction plan which will:
- help restore damaged nature reserves and field stations
- restore panda monitoring and patrolling routes
- help local communities to recover from the earthquake
- promote green reconstruction in local communities
Your support will also help fund other essential WWF conservation work
around the world.
When will my adoption pack arrive?
If you sign-up on our website, your adoption pack is dispatched within 3 days (but please allow up to 10 days for UK delivery and longer for international).
For last minute gifts, you can pay £7.50 for express delivery and everyone can download a personalised adoption certificate to print and give on the day.
If I adopt an animal, will I be the only person who adopts that animal?
Everyone adopts the same animal that acts as a figurehead for the species. This makes it easier for us to provide feedback on one adopted animal, rather than many individual ones, and keeps our administration costs to a minimum, ensuring that more of your money is used for valuable conservation work.
Can I pay for an adoption with a one-off payment?
Yes, you can make a one-off payment on our website using a credit card or you can call our Supporter Care Team on +44 (1483) 426333 .
However, your money could go further if you pay monthly by Direct Debit: this supports our long-term planning and helps to keep our administration costs down.
If I pay by Direct Debit, what date will it be claimed?
All of our direct debits are claimed between the 23rd and the last day of each month. Under the Direct Debit Guarantee, we will always contact you at least ten working days in advance if we need to make any changes to the way we administer your direct debit.
Can I adopt an animal if I live outside of the UK?
Yes. If you have a UK bank account, you can pay monthly by Direct Debit. Otherwise, you can make a one-off payment using your credit or debit card.
Alternatively, we can set this up over the telephone if you would like to call our Supporter Care team on +44 (1483) 426333 .
What payment methods do you accept on your website?
Monthly adoption payments are paid by Direct Debit (you will need a UK bank account).
One-off payments are made by credit or debit card. We accept Visa Credit, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro and Amex.
How does WWF use the money it receives?
79% is used directly for conservation programmes and field projects, campaigns, education and raising awareness of environmental threats.
20% is used to support our fundraising efforts - mainly advertising and membership publications. This is an essential and efficient investment, because for every pound we devote to fundraising, we generate a further £4 as a result.
the other 1% is spent on 'governance and monitoring systems' - basically the kind of legal and accounting costs all large companies and charities have to allow for.
How is my adoption money spent?
Adopting a species is one of the most popular ways in which people choose to support our work. Many people have a favourite species they choose to adopt, and this can mean that some areas of our work might attract more funding than others.
To give us the flexibility to manage our funds in the most effective way, we currently allocate your adoption money to our work to conserve your adopted species and also as more flexible funding for other vital conservation work around the world.
We have found that supporters understand this need to be able to spend our adoption funds in areas where there is also vital need alongside our key species conservation projects.
What if something happens to my adopted animal?
We will pass on any news about your adopted animal as soon as possible.
Our adopted animals are wild animals that we are usually able to monitor as part of an ongoing conservation project.