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Adopt a Wild Thing

The Virginia Living Museum has a lot of mouths to feed. More than 1,000 animals live here and their care and feeding costs are over $600,000 a year. Do you love the playful otters, majestic eagles and toothy alligators? These are just some of the animals that you can adopt through the Adopt a Wild Thing program.

As an AWT adopter, you are helping to pay for food, shelter and care for your own special animal friend. AWT adopters receive an official adoption certificate, information about their animal and other unique things. Everyone receives the satisfaction of knowing they are bringing happiness to the VLM animals.


How Do I Pick My Animal?

Choosing a new member of your family can be a lot of fun! Just select the animal(s) you want to adopt for one year and complete the adoption application.

Your adopted animal will live at the Museum under the watchful care of our professional curators and vet tech.

  • Alligator
  • Barn Owl
  • Bat
  • Beaver
  • Bobcat
  • Box Turtle
  • Canebrake Rattlesnake
  • Chipmunk
  • Coyote
  • Eagle
  • Eastern Flying Squirrel
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Green Treefrog
  • Grey Fox
  • Groundhog
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Horseshoe Crab
  • Kestrel
  • Lionfish
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Mouse
  • Otter
  • Pack Rat
  • Pelican
  • Rabbit
  • Raccoon
  • Red Fox
  • Red Wolf
  • Seahorse
  • Screech Owl
  • Shark
  • Skunk
  • Stingray
  • Tiger Salamander
  • Vulture
  • White Tail Deer
  • Wood Duck

Adoption Application

Adopt Online Printable Adoption Application

Or call and adopt by phone at 757-595-1900 ext. 248, or at the Admission Desk when you visit the Museum.

Adopt a Wild Thing makes a great birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift.


The Virginia Living Museum is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Service designation. Museum financial information is available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, Virginia 23218. Program donations support animal care at the VLM.