Want to adopt an animal as a Christmas gift? These 3 species need your help the most

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Photo credit: Christiaan van der Hoeven  WWF-Netherlands
Photo credit: Christiaan van der Hoeven WWF-Netherlands

Christmas is a time for giving. If you're looking to spread some love, the WWF wants to shine a light on the beautiful animals which need adopting in 2022: rhinos, Amur leopards and mountain gorillas.

From helping to fund anti-poaching patrols to protecting Amur leopards from logging, forest fires and industrial development, the gift of adoption can make a huge difference. From as little as £3 a month, each gift will help help fund projects to crack down on illegal trade and ensure these wonderful species stay protected.

"To protect wildlife, we first have to protect their home: our one shared home," Kate Norgrove and Katie White, Executive Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, WWF, said.

"If you make an adoption this Christmas with WWF, you'll be protecting so much more than just one animal. Protect a penguin, and you're also helping to protect the home of millions of the carbon-absorbing krill they feed on. Protect a tiger, and you're also helping to protect and restore their forest home for the benefit of people and nature."

Photo credit: WWF-US, Elisabeth Kruger
Photo credit: WWF-US, Elisabeth Kruger

ADOPT AN ANIMAL

To encourage people to adopt animals at Christmas, the conservation organisation has taken a look back to see which animals were the most poplar with adopters across the decades. Last Christmas, elephants were the most popular Christmas adoptions, while this year they predict some of the most popular species include penguins, polar bears, snow leopards, tigers and turtles.

Photo credit: Christiaan van der Hoeven, WWF-Netherlands
Photo credit: Christiaan van der Hoeven, WWF-Netherlands

Take a look at the most popular animal adoptions over the years...

11 most popular animal adoptions over the years

1. Elephants (most popular in 1996)

2. Rhinos (1996)

3. Tigers (1998)

4. Orangutans (1998)

Photo credit: Maxime Aliaga WWF
Photo credit: Maxime Aliaga WWF

5. Polar bears (2007)

6. Penguins (2007)

Photo credit: WWF-Aus  Chris, Johnson
Photo credit: WWF-Aus Chris, Johnson

7. Amur leopards (2007)

8. Pandas (2007)

9. Turtles (2007)

Photo credit: Jonathan Caramanus, Green Renaissance, WWF-UK
Photo credit: Jonathan Caramanus, Green Renaissance, WWF-UK

10. Jaguars (2010)

11. Snow leopards (2010)

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