Rufus & Animal Friends Adoptions

Symbolically Adopt an Animal

Great White Pelicans

Found in the shallow swamps of Africa, the great white pelican is the second largest in the pelican family. Feasting on carp and cichlids, these massive birds can scoop up to 3 gallons of water in their gular pouch! With hollow bones and air pockets throughout their bodies, these birds have very light wings with a massive wingspan of 7-11 feet and can travel up to 300 miles without stopping. Male great white pelicans tend to be slightly larger than females with pinkish skin during breeding season. These majestic birds face challenges due to human impact due to littered waterways and fishing lines.

RICKY’S (AKA RUFUS) STORY

Ricky became part of the family at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2012 when she helped play the role of “Rufus” in the film Dolphin Tale. Prior to coming to Clearwater, FL, she was trained for filming for six weeks in California. However, this was not her first experience in front of the cameras. She also had appearances in the film Zohan starring Adam Sandler. Ricky was trained for specific behaviors during the filming process and is now engaged in continuous training for enrichment and growth, learning new husbandry, cognitive and high-energy behaviors. Ricky was born under human care in Florida and doesn’t have the necessary skills to survive in the wild. She now calls CMA home and serves as an important ambassador for her species and other seabirds that surround our waterways. Ricky helps us bring awareness to other wildlife along our coastal waters as she interacts with animal care specialists at CMA.

Your symbolic adoption helps to provide animal care for 1 year

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Friend

Rufus friend adoption kit

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

PROTECTOR

Rufus 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

Rufus 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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