Adopt an Animal

adopt an animal

You can adopt your favorite animal and help provide the expert care and nutrition they need for as little as $25.

Please note that for gift memberships or Adopt An Animal packages to be received by Christmas, orders must be placed by December 9, 2017.

The High Desert Museum cares for over 200 animals, from magnificent bald eagles to river otters and desert tortoises.

As an adoptive animal parent, you are supporting the work of our wildlife staff and volunteers who care for animals that could not survive in the wild.

Many of our animals have non-releasable injuries, meaning they could not survive in the wild. They all require ongoing veterinary care and specialized diets to maintain their health and well-being.

Every animal is provided special food that gives them the essential nutrients they would obtain in the wild. It costs $1,700 a year to care for an eagle, and as much as $7,500 a year to care for one otter. By adopting one of the listed animals here, you can help us provide for their care.

It’s easy! And it makes a great gift!

View the Family Album of adopters!

Adoption Packages

$25 -KEEPER includes:

– A personalized adoption certificate

– Information and fun facts about your animal

– A record of your adoption added to the Family Album on display at the Museum.

-Materials shipped to you or your gift recipient

$50 –  COMPANION includes:

– All of the above in KEEPER plus:

– A photo of the animal, suitable for framing

– A plush stuffed animal

– A personalized adoption package shipped to you or your gift recipient

$150 – GUARDIAN includes:

– All of KEEPER and COMPANION plus:

– Two guest passes to the Museum

– Admission for two to the Raptors of the Desert Sky flight show (offered summer season only)

– A scheduled time to meet your animal in person with a wildlife curator (schedule 2 weeks in advance)

– A personalized adoption package shipped to you or your gift recipient

Please allow up to two weeks for handling and shipping. Thank you. If you need expedited shipping, call us at 541-323-3303.

Choose your animal and adoption level by completing the form, and you will receive an adoption package in the mail. For more information contact Rachael Greenwalt at 541-382-4754 ext. 244 or contact us.



Bald eagle

Bald eagle

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Barn owl


Desert tortoise

Great horned owl

River Otter


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Adopt an animal

Striped skunk

Western Rattlesnake

Western rattlesnake

Rainbow trout