With all the waste the holiday season produces – from gift wrap to garbage bags and loads of plastic – it can be hard to give your loved ones green gifts that also have meaning.
Well, the Vancouver Aquarium is offering some options for you to give special gifts that support their conservation, research, and education efforts – it might be the greenest gift you’ve ever given:
For the whale fan, you can symbolically adopt either a pod of killer whales or just one to support the Vancouver Aquarium’s wild killer whale research. Packages start at $64 and with it, you get an adoption certificate, photo, and biography of your whale, as well as a CD of killer whale sounds.
If killer whales aren’t your thing, you can adopt another aquatic species through one of four different “Aquadopt” kits. The kits are available for sea otters, sharks, seals, and belugas and all of them support the care of the aquarium’s animals. They start at $55 and include a certificate of adoption, a fact booklet, collector card, plush toy, and $40 tax receipt.
Buying a membership to the aquarium for a loved one allows them to return time and time again. The annual $185 fee goes towards the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, education, and research efforts. Members get access to extended hours and special events.