Animal adoption programs allow zoos to support their charges without renting out ostrich rides or charging extra to see the black bears prepare taxes. Protect captive creatures with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get an Adopt-a-Penguin sponsorship package from the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, supported by the Zoological Society of New Jersey (a $100 value). The package includes:
- A framable adoption certificate
- A fact sheet
- A photograph of the sponsored animal
- A bumper sticker
- Your name displayed on the Adopt-an-Animal Honor Roll Board located near the zoo entrance<p>
The beastmasters of Turtle Back Zoo fill the troughs of their squawking menagerie with the help of donations through the Adopt-an-Animal program. A framable adoption certificate commemorates the adoption of Turtle Back Zoo’s endangered African penguins⎯the noble butlers of the Southern Hemisphere⎯and the donation funds fish reserves, maintenance, and medical needs. Bird-benefactors also receive a photograph of the newest, most feathered member of their family and a bumper sticker with which to emblazon vehicles with a message championing the plight of penguin expatriates. Lodged near the entrance to the zoo, the Adopt-an-Animal Honor Roll Board proclaims the names of trans-species foster parents to visitors and those studious penguins who have learned to read.