Can I symbolically adopt one of the Autrey Mill animals?
Yes! Autrey Mill hosts a number of animal ambassadors that help our mission of creating a destination and educational resource that inspires exploration and preservation of the natural environment. You can apply to be a sponsor for one (or more) of our amazing animals! Animal Sponsor donations will help us purchase the food and supplies needed to care for the animals, as well as, provide materials to ensure enclosure upkeep. It is hard to not fall in love with the animals here and this sponsorship is a great way to send your support to the animal you feel connected to. Click here to meet our animal friends!
How do I sponsor an animal?
To apply for a sponsorship please fill out this application. Each animal ambassador’s availability is listed on the application. Sponsorship is for one year, renewal year over year will keep your perks for the Tier paid for. AMNP cannot guarantee that any animal will remain at the Preserve for the duration of the year, but in the event of the loss of an animal, sponsors will be given the opportunity to move sponsorship to another animal for the duration.
What do I get if I sponsor an animal?
There are three tiers of Sponsorship available for each animal with limited slots. Each tier includes different perks!
Tier Three Sponsors ($50):
Tier Two Sponsors ($100):
Tier One Sponsors (Cost dependent on the animal):
|Tier one is limited to 1 sponsor per animal ambassador. Each Tier one sponsorship fee is unique for each animal and represents both food and staff care time. Head to our Meet the Animals page to learn more.
*Tier one Sponsors must email in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to have an encounter with their animal to ensure staff is available to host their encounter.
Tier One Animal Sponsorship Costs:
$500 for Pebbles, Nickels, Percey, and the goats
$250 for Sally, Marie, Duncan, Daisy, Daphne
$175 for King, Russell, Mitch, Cobb, Pop
$125 for Yurtle, Shelly, Their, There, Squishy, Who, What, Where, When, Trey
An animal is missing from the Meet the Animals page? Learn more about them below…
Daisy is a 4 and a half-year-old American Pekin duck. She is the largest duck of the three and often calling the shots. She is a very chatty duck and loves to talk all about how she is feeling. Her duck friends will sometimes chat back with her, but she is usually the first to tell us how her day has been.
Daphne is a 4 and a half-year-old American Pekin duck. She is the sneakiest of all of our ducks. She often is found every morning coming out of hiding in her “secret nest”. She is a bit bigger than Duncan and she has a bright orange beak-like Daisy. She is often following Daisy and hearing all about her day, but at night she sneaks away to her special hiding spot!
King is a 10-year-old Florida king snake. He is 5’ft long and very mellow. King gets his name from his species but acts like royalty. He is incredibly relaxed and calm most of the time. He spends most of his time napping by his heating pad, or being the center of attention when the Visitor Center is open. His mellow nature is often humorous because he is always looking for the next nap session.
Russell is a 12-year-old Albino Emory Rat snake also nicknamed “The Wiggly Noodle”. Russell is nothing but extraordinary, from his bright scales to his silly personality. He is definitely the “class clown” of Autrey Mill. Any time he is out and meeting new people chuckles happen. He will bring cheer to any interaction with his sweet temperament!
Ms.Mitch is our 10 year old Black Rat snake and our longest! She comes in about 5’1 in length which is pretty long in comparison to our other snake Animal Ambassadors. Mitch is still getting used to her relationship with us here at Autrey Mill, and with baby steps- or slithers, she has been learning more and more about friendship. She is worth all of the time we spend handling her.
Cobb is our youngest snake coming in at 5 years old and 3’2” long. She is a corn snake, but she has no melanin! This lack of pigment makes her look peachy in color and that fits her sweet personality. Cobb is a gentle snake, but she once laid deformed eggs that injured her uterus, because of this she needs extra patience and special care when she may be feeling irritated. She is overall very healthy and a very calm snake when handled- she just requires some extra love, and boy does she get it!
Their is a 5-year-old red-eared slider. She is the larger of the two and she takes advantage of that. She is clearly the boss of the two, and is often found basking on her platform, and pushing there away from her special place. Even while being bossy she is still filled with charm and often will dive off her throne to meet new friends looking in her enclosure.
There is a 5-year-old red-eared slider. He is the smaller of the two and nicknamed “lover boy”. He is often trying his hardest to impress Their, but she never gives him the time of day. Just behind his head, on the top section of his carapace, there is a pattern in the shape of a heart. He truly wears his heart on his shell. There is full of determination and has yet to give up his goal to impress the lady in his life, Their.
‘What’ is a feisty box turtle with very bright orange skin and red eyes. He is hard to miss and he is always stirring up mischief if he’s not lounging in the mini pond. What is always the center of attention and pushing his box turtle friends in line. With that bright color, he has to have a bold personality to match!
‘Where’ is the box turtle that has the shell with the most square to it! He is the second-largest male and he has the largest beak out of all of the box turtles. His eyes are a very bright scarlet and he has some pretty orange patterns on his skin. He is often found stomping around the food bowl looking for his next snack. He has a big appetite to fit his big beak!
‘Why’ is a box turtle with a marbled-looking smooth shell. She has deep red eyes and a smooth nose. ‘Why’ is often found lounging under the flower pot-watching the silly antics of her box turtle friends. She seems to be the most mature and responsible out of all of the box turtles.
In addition to the opportunity for sponsorship, Autrey Mill maintains an Amazon Autrey Mill General Wish List and an Amazon Autrey Mill Goat Wish List that both include needs for the animals. Families can purchase gifts for the animals from either wish list and have them shipped directly to Autrey Mill. It is always a special day when we get an unexpected gift!