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Adoption kits and other gifts can be shipped to U.S. addresses only. Please allow 7-10 days delivery via USPS First Class mail. The US Postal Service does not guarantee delivery times.

Want to notify someone of your adoption or gift right away? You can download, personalize, and print or e-mail a Digital Certificate and Fact Sheet right from your receipt page after completing checkout (for Adoptions and Wolf-Saving Gifts).

Gift Wrap

Gift Wrap

your adoption in this 100% recyclable, reusable tote!

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Gift Bag

Gift Tote Bag

15" tall, 13" opening, 12" base, carries 10.5 lbs, child-safe toggle

Gift-wrap your wildlife adoption kit in this sturdy reusable tote for an $8 additional donation.

Re-use as gift bag or use for grocery shopping, library books, lunch tote or more.

Made from eco-friendly 100% recyclable plastic.

Ice House Penguin $35


Ice House Penguin - $35

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Ice House Penguin Plush

This adorable, squeakable penguin is about 5" tall and arrives with its own ice house, which is 5" wide at the base.

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Penguin Ice House Plush

Kids Wildlife Activities Book

Animal facts, coloring, crossword puzzles and more (beginner and advanced!)

Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

Personalized 5"x7" Certificate of Adoption

Beautiful 5"x7" Photograph

Two-sided Fact Sheet chock-full of fascinating facts.

Don't want the Plush or Kids Book? You can choose not to receive them.

Ice House Plush, Kids Wildlife Activities Book, Personalized Certificate, Photo, & Fact sheet

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Ice House Polar Bear $35


Ice House Polar Bear - $35

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Ice House Polar Bear Plush

This adorable, squeakable polar bear is about 5" long and arrives with its own ice house, which is 5" wide at the base.

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Polar Bear Ice House Plush

Kids Wildlife Activities Book

Animal facts, coloring, crossword puzzles and more (beginner and advanced!)

Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

Personalized 5"x7" Certificate of Adoption

Beautiful 5"x7" Photograph

Two-sided Fact Sheet chock-full of fascinating facts.

Don't want the Plush or Kids Book? You can choose not to receive them.

Ice House Plush, Kids Wildlife Activities Book, Personalized Certificate, Photo, & Fact sheet

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Ice House Pair $60


Ice House Pair - $60

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Ice House Penguin and Polar Bear Plushes

These adorable, squeakable plushes are each about 5" long and arrive with individual ice houses, which are 5" wide at the base.

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Polar Bear Ice House Plush

Kids Wildlife Activities Book

Animal facts, coloring, crossword puzzles and more (beginner and advanced!)

Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

Personalized 5"x7" Certificate of Adoption

Beautiful 5"x7" Photograph

Two-sided Fact Sheet chock-full of fascinating facts.

Don't want the Plushes or Kids Book? You can choose not to receive them.

Two Ice House Plushes, Kids Wildlife Activities Book, Personalized Certificate, Photo, & Fact sheet

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FREE Fleece Blanket or Wine Glasses

FREE Defenders Fleece Blanket or Etched Stemless Wine Glasses!

Order $100+ in gifts and a get a fleece Defenders blanket FREE! Order $150+ and get a set of beautifully etched stemless wine glasses FREE!

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Adopt an Ice House

...a meaningful gift that gives back!

Penguin

Save Penguins and Polar Bears from
Starvation in a Warming World!

No, polar bears and penguins don't really live in igloos, of course! However, they do both rely on ice for their survival. Polar bears are entirely reliant on sea ice as a platform from which to hunt, and without it they can starve or drown. For penguins, less ice means less habitat and the loss of critical food, such as shrimp-like krill, which depend on polar ice to reproduce. Some penguins can't find enough food to feed their chicks. Learn more about Polar Bears and Penguins >

Penguins
Penguins are threatened by global warming. Penguin populations have decreased by nearly 80 percent in some areas, and the majority of scientists agree that rising temperature due to climate change is the primary culprit.

In Antarctica, home to the famous emperor penguin, the annual sea ice melting season has extended by as much as 3 weeks in recent decades. Less ice means less habitat for penguins and the loss of critical food, such as shrimp-like krill, which depend on polar ice to reproduce.

In addition to global warming and natural predation by sharks, orcas, leopard seals, sea lions and fur seals, other threats to penguins include impacts on habitat due to oil spills, pesticides, construction, destruction of habitat due to introduced herbivores, competition with humans for food and illegal egg harvesting.

Polar Bears
Polar bears in the United States could be extinct by 2050 as their habitat melts away due to global warming. The loss of snow pack, thinning and disappearing sea ice all reduce essential habitat. Loss of sea ice leads to higher energy requirements to locate prey and a shortage of food.

Polar bear survival is entirely dependant on sea ice as a platform for hunting the marine mammals that provide their nutritional needs. Polar bears stalk the seals using their breathing holes in the ice, as the total ice diminishes it will vastly decrease successful hunts and their overall food source. Though polar bears are excellent swimmers they are not adept at catching seals in open water.

Female polar bears require soft deep snow for dens to keep their cubs insulated from the harsh weather, and sufficient fat reserves to survive denning after giving birth to their cubs. Seals, a primary source of prey for polar bears, also require icy habitat to breed and raise their young. Changing ice conditions have forced the seals to move and give birth in different areas, making them more difficult to find.

How Your Adoption Helps Save Penguins and Polar Bears

  • Supports our work to pass vital legislation like the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act to help wildlife survive and adapt to climate change.
  • Enables us to fight Big Oil's assault on the Arctic home of America's vanishing polar bears.
  • Provides vital resources to support our work with industry and lawmakers towards a cleaner, safer, more efficient energy future.

Penguin and Polar Bear Fun Facts

The emperor penguin breeds in the coldest environment of any bird species; air temperatures may reach -40° (F/C), and wind speeds may reach 89 miles per hour (144 km/hr)!

At birth, polar bear cubs are 12 to 14 inches long and weigh around one pound. Fully grown, they may reach 1700 pounds!

Readers DigestHow Your Adoption Helps to Protect Species and Habitats

Named "America's Best Wildlife Charity" by Reader's Digest, Defenders of Wildlife has been a leading innovator in developing the most effective ways to conserve imperiled wildlife and wild lands for over 60 years. Your adoption donation will immediately be put to use where it is most needed to achieve these goals.

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Adoption kits and other gifts can be shipped to U.S. addresses only. Please allow 7-10 days delivery via USPS First Class mail – between November 25th and December 15th allow 4- 4 days for delivery via USPS Frist Class mail. The US Postal Service does not guarantee delivery times.

Want to notify someone of your adoption or gift right away? You can download, personalize, and print or e-mail a Digital Certificate and Fact Sheet right from your receipt page after completing checkout (for Adoptions and Wolf-Saving Gifts).

2013 Holiday Shipping and Delivery:

Order with FREE shipping by 11:59 PM EST Sunday, December 15th to guarantee delivery by December 24th

Order with Express shipping by 11:59 PM EST Thursday, December 19th to guarantee delivery by December 24th

Order with Super Express shipping by 11:59 PM EST Sunday, December 22nd to guarantee delivery by December 24th

Shipping Costs:

Express Shipping – ($6 additional donation per item)

Super Express Shipping- ($15 additional donation per item)

Customer Support | Schools/Large Adoption Orders | Privacy Policy | Ways to Protect Wildlife

  1. If you participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), donate by designating Defenders of Wildlife (our CFC number is 10624).

  2. Send a message to your elected representatives and other officials on important wildlife issues through Defenders’ Wildlife Action Center at www.defenders.org/take_action.

  3. Adopt an imperiled animal through our wildlife adoption program and pass along the conservation message to a friend or loved one. Or give a Wolf-Saving Gift or another gift through our Wildlife Adoption & Gift Center at www.wildlifeadoption.org.

  4. Refuse to purchase or support the importation of wild rainforest birds of any kind. The trade in such birds results in the destruction of fast-disappearing rainforest habitat. And the conditions in which these birds are shipped are terribly inhumane!

  5. Get the latest tips on how to make a difference for our wild animals and places through volunteering or making changes in your own life at www.defenders.org/take_action.

  6. Check with wildlife authorities before clearing or filling in land or redirecting small streams. You could be disturbing wildlife that lives in these areas.

  7. Help us stop the barbaric aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska and prevent the slaughter of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone National Park region at www.savewolves.org.

  8. Join local groups in their efforts to clean up rivers and creeks.

  9. Avoid using open flames outdoors, unless strictly supervised. It takes just one spark to destroy areas of fields and forests.

  10. Leave a bequest for wildlife by naming Defenders of Wildlife in your will, trust, retirement plan, or insurance policy. Go to http://defenders.planyourlegacy.org/ for helpful information.