Hope Adoption

Symbolically Adopt an Animal

ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

Universally loved, dolphins are our best-known animals. Bottlenose dolphins inhabit both temperate and tropical waters and are usually found in pods, or schools. In North America, the bottlenose dolphin is found along both coasts of the United States. These highly intelligent and social animals communicate with each other with various clicks and whistles and generally frequent harbors, bays, lagoons and estuaries. The potential life span is as long as 35-50 years, with female dolphins tending to live longer than male. While bottlenose dolphins are not endangered, some populations are depleted. In U.S. waters, they are protected by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. Bottlenose dolphins are a top predator in the ocean, with few predators of their own. Sharks and killer whales occasionally prey upon them but the major threat comes from humans, when they are caught in fishing gear.

HOPE’S STORY

Hope was found by Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute in Indian River Lagoon on the East Coast of Florida in 2010. A local fisherman spotted her in the shallow waters, attempting to nurse from her deceased mother. After evaluating the dolphin calf she was transported to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for rehabilitation. At the time of her rescue, Hope was estimated to be 2-3 months old and weighed 58 pounds. She was extremely dehydrated, lacking the milk she should have received from her mother. CMA was able to provide care and nutrition to nurse her back to full recovery. Although it is our goal to return every animal to their natural habitat, Hope did not make a good candidate for release because she was very young and had not yet learned the necessary skills to survive in the wild. Currently, Hope is six years old, flourishing, and is now on a whole fish diet. She is adventurous, extremely curious and loves blowing and playing with bubbles and water toys, especially squirt guns!

Your symbolic adoption helps to provide care for Hope for 1 year

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Friend

Hope Friend Adoption Kit

  • Digital adoption certificate
  • Photo and bio of selected animal
  • Monthly animal e-updates
  • Monthly CMA e-newsletter via email

PROTECTOR

Hope Protector Adoption Kit

  • Adopt CMA tote with photo and bio of selected animal
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Plush animal
  • CMA inspiration bracelets
  • Single one-time pass to CMA (does not expire)*
  • Monthly animal e-updates
  • Monthly CMA e-newsletter via email
*Passes are shipped from our warehouse and are to be used for future visits. Adoption kits cannot be purchased at ticketing.

GUARDIAN

Hope Guardian Adoption Kit

  • Adopt CMA tote with photo and bio of selected animal
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Plush animal
  • CMA inspiration bracelets
  • Two one-time passes to CMA (does not expire)*
  • Documentary DVD
  • Monthly animal e-updates
  • Monthly CMA e-newsletter via email
*Passes are shipped from our warehouse and are to be used for future visits.  Adoption kits cannot be purchased at ticketing.

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