Adopt an Elachee Animal Friend

Positively impact the lives of Elachee’s resident animals while honoring someone close to you! Make an online ‘adoption’ donation of $25, $50, $75 or $100 to become an Elachee Animal Friend Sponsor (or download an adoption form). This is an ideal birthday or holiday gift for a family member, friend, teacher or co-worker.

Adopt an Elachee Animal Friend with a donation of $25, $50, $75 or $100.

Our Resident Teaching Assistants

There are 25 different animal species living at Elachee Nature Science Center. They reside in curated habitats as part of interpretive exhibits for all visitors to enjoy. Elachee animals are also teaching assistants. Elachee Naturalist Instructors use these animals in environmental education programs to help students and nature lovers better appreciate the wonderful creatures that live in our world.

How Does Elachee Use Your Gift?

Adopting an Elachee animal friend helps to defray the cost for food, habitat supplies and residents’ veterinary care at the Nature Center. We will acknowledge this gift for one year with an Animal Friend Sponsor nameplate located near the animal’s home in the Elachee exhibit, in addition to these other goodies.


  • An Elachee Animal Friend Adoption Certificate
  • A Picture of the Animal
  • An Animal Information Sheet Details the Animal’s Living and Eating Habits
  • Themed Gift Bag from Elachee Nature Shop
  • Elachee Guest Pass for the Animal Friend Sponsor to Visit 

The Adoption Process

  1. Review the animal list below by support level.
  2. Choose an animal.
  3. Complete the online Elachee Animal Friend adoption or download form.
  4. Please allow 2-3 weeks for adoption processing. An Elachee representative will contact you when complete.

Resident Animals Available for Adoption

$25 Adoption Gift

  • American Bull Frog Lithobates catesbeianus
  • American Toad Anaxyrus americanus
  • Cope’s Grey Tree Frog Hyla chrysoscelis
  • Corn Snake Pantherophis guttata
  • Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis
  • Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum
  • Gopher Frog Lithobates capito
  • Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea
  • Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus
  • Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum

​$50 Adoption Gift

  • Amelanistic Corn Snake Pantherophis guttata
  • Black Rat Snake Pantherophis obsoleta
  • Caramel Corn Snake Pantherophis guttata
  • Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina
  • Gray Rat Snake Pantherophis spiloides
  • Pueblan Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli
  • Yellow Rat Snake Pantherophis obsoleta

​$75 Adoption Gift

  • California Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula californiae
  • Eastern Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula
  • Eastern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta
  • Northern Pine Snake Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus
  • Pond Slider Trachemys scripta
  • Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta

$100 Adoption Gift

  • Florida Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus
  • Great Horned Owl Bufo virginianus