Sinbad, one of our adoption kākāpō.
Image: Andrew Digby | DOC


Kākāpō adoptions make great Christmas gifts – you'll get a cuddly plushie, stickers, bookmarks and a certificate, and best of all you'll boost the kākāpō comeback.


Adoptions closed to 21 July

We're closing adoptions from 26 April 2021 until 21 July 2021. We'll be updating our systems. If you have already purchased an adoption prior to the closure, we'll process your order within the standard timeframe.


We're currently dealing with a large backlog of adoptions due to a lot of support over the 2020 to 2021 festive period and some unexpected technical issues. We estimate that most adoption packages will be posted 6 to 8 weeks after placing your order.

Placed order before 1 January 2021 and haven't got your package

If you placed your order before 1 January 2021, and your adoption package has not arrived, contact us.


If you placed your order after this date, we appreciate your patience while we work to resolve the backlog.

Postal delays

COVID-19 is continuing to cause delays to the postal system. We're able to provide digital copies of certificates on request. Email us at

There are only 204 kākāpō alive today.

The symbolic adoption of a kākāpō is a great way to support the work of Kākāpō Recovery. All profits from the adoptions scheme contribute directly to our conservation work. This includes getting monitoring equipment, supporting current research objectives and the management of breeding seasons.

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