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Adopt a vulture

Meet Cassius!

If you’d like to adopt a vulture that is a Critically Endangered species, then adopt Cassius the African White-backed Vulture!

Cassius is one of the more mature vultures living at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, and was born here in 2012. He is a very special Vulture to the team because of his precarious start in life; when Mum and Dad accidentally pushed his egg out of the nest platform! Our Bird Team were on hand and placed his egg into an incubator. We were all thrilled when around 50 days later, little Cassius hatched!

Cassius is an African White-backed Vulture: a Critically Endangered species in the wild. He has taken part in flying displays at the Hawk Conservancy Trust for many years, doing a terrific job as an ambassador for his species and helping to educate about the vital conservation work that the Trust takes part in across Africa to conserve this species.

Cassius has a very caring nature and likes to be surrounded by his fellow vultures. He is well loved by all of us here at the Trust.

If you’d like to adopt a vulture and help us to conserve this important species then you can adopt our adorable vulture, Cassius!

Our adoption packages provide the perfect gift.

Choose from our adoption options - Prices from £25

If you choose to adopt a bird of prey or owl you will be helping towards the care of our birds and conservation work that takes place in the UK and overseas. It is a gift that keeps on giving.  You could adopt a vulture as a gift or for yourself.  Choose from the various vulture adoption options below.

Digital

Our Digital Adoption packs make a fantastic present for bird fanatics! This digital package arrives straight into your email inbox for you to forward on to your chosen recipient, or print out for yourself. There’s no packaging, no waiting on the post, and a lesser impact on the environment.

As part of your Digital Adoption pack, you will receive by email:

  • A digital  certificate of adoption
  • A digital fact sheet about your adopted species
  • A digital, high-resolution photo of your adoptee

Your fees, which are renewable annually, contribute to the care of our birds.

£25

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Digital+

Digital+ Adoption packs have all the benefits of our Digital Adoptions, plus the chance to come and see your adoptee at the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s award-winning Visitor Attraction Centre! As part of your Digital+ Adoption pack, you will receive by email:

  • An admission eVoucher to the Trust so that you can visit us and see your adoptee
  • Your name displayed on our Adoptions board
  • A digital  certificate of adoption
  • A digital fact sheet about your adopted species
  • A digital, high-resolution photo of your adoptee

Your fees, which are renewable annually, contribute to the care of our birds.

£40

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Adoption

Our Adoption Pack makes a wonderful gift for bird lovers of all ages. For just £60, you will receive in your adoption pack:

  • An admission ticket to the Trust so that you can visit us and see your adoptee
  • Your name displayed on our Adoptions Board
  • A certificate of adoption
  • A fact sheet about your adopted species
  • A mounted photo of your adoptee
  • A memento of your adopted species

All of this will be delivered in a beautiful Hawk Conservancy Trust embellished box.  Your fees, which are renewable annually, contribute to the care of our birds.

£60

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Come and see Cassius!

Cassius lives in one of our large aviaries at our award-winning Visitor Attraction Centre in Hampshire. He lives near the top of the grounds with fellow Africa White-backed Vultures Clay, Melchett and Simba.

Our work with African White-backed Vultures

Deliberate poisoning by elephant poachers accounts for one third of all vulture poisonings since 1970 and it is one of the biggest causes of vulture deaths. Elephant poachers target vultures with poison because they circle over carcasses – hundreds can die at one poisoned carcass.

Our Poison Response training equips game guards to treat poisoned vultures and decontaminate poisoning events to prevent further deaths. A quick response and effective use of Poison Response Kits can save hundreds of vultures and other wildlife from death by poisoning.

Adopt a bird of prey FAQ's

What types of birds of prey can I adopt?

There are seven birds of prey that you can adopt: Sweeney Todd the Snowy Owl, Charlie the Barn Owl, Cassius the African White-backed Vulture, Angola the Secretary Bird, Raj the Peregrine Falcon, Cottonmouth the Burrowing Owl or Danebury the Bald Eagle

Can I meet the bird of prey I have adopted?

If you choose our Digital+ or Standard Bird of Prey Adoption pack, you will have an admission voucher included in your adoption pack for you to visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust. If you ask a member of our team on arrival they will be able to show you where your adopted bird of prey’s aviary is around the Trust Grounds so you can see them.

How long does my Bird of Prey Adoption last for?

All Bird of Prey Adoptions last one year from date of purchase.

 

Does my Adoption automatically renew?

Your bird of Prey Adoption does not automatically renew, however you will receive an email before your adoption is about to expire notifying you of the approaching expiry date and a reminder to renew.

 

Will my name be on a plaque?

If you have adopted a bird of prey with our Digital+ or Standard Adoption packs, you can find your name on our Adoptions Board next to our Rose Arch. Premium Adoptions will have the adoptee’s name on a plaque on the adopted bird of prey’s aviary.

Did you know?
Vultures vary greatly in size. The largest, the Andean Condor, have a wingspan of more than 3 metres. The smallest vulture, the Egyptian Vulture, have a wingspan of just over half of this.
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