ADOPT CMA HOPE

Symbolically adopt Hope the dolphin!

Your donation towards a symbolic adoption helps to provide care for Hope for one year.  The standard donation is one-time donation at time of purchase.  A recurring donation option is available but not required.

If you are adopting as a gift, please enter the recipient information in the donation message field. 

Please make certain to select a reward level under the "Donation Details" screen.  In order to receive the adoption items a reward level must be selected.

On December 11, 2010, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute received a call that a dolphin calf had been found in Indian River Lagoon on the East Coast of Florida. A local fisherman spotted her in the shallow waters, attempting to nurse from her deceased mother. When first responders arrived, they evaluated the dolphin calf and, in coordination with National Marine Fisheries Service, determined she should be transported to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for rehabilitation.

Although it is our goal to return every animal to their natural habitat, Hope did not make a good candidate for release because she was very young and had not yet learned the necessary skills to survive in the wild. Bottlenose dolphin calves learn these skills from their mothers, to whom they remain close for several years.

Currently, Hope is six years old and flourishing. She has been weaned and is now on a whole fish diet. Hope’s animal care specialists have taught her several behaviors for medical care, mental stimulation and exercise. She is adventurous, extremely curious and loves blowing and playing with bubbles and water toys, especially squirt guns

For more information, please contact Randi Baillie at rbaillie@cmaquarium.org.