Adopt an Animal

Adopt an Animal from the High Desert Museum!

You can adopt your favorite animal and help provide the expert care and nutrition they need for as little as $30.

The High Desert Museum cares for over 100 animals, from magnificent bald eagles to river otters and desert tortoises.

As an adoptive animal parent, you are supporting the work of our wildlife staff and volunteers who care for animals that could not survive in the wild.

Many of the animals have non-releasable injuries, meaning they could not survive in the wild. They all require ongoing veterinary care and specialized diets to maintain their health and well-being.

Every animal is provided special food that gives them the essential nutrients they would obtain in the wild. It costs $1,700 a year to care for an eagle, and as much as $7,500 a year to care for one otter. By adopting one of the listed animals here, you can help us provide for their care.

It’s easy! And it makes a great gift!

View the Family Album of adopters!

Adoption Packages

$30 – KEEPER
– A personalized adoption certificate
– Animal information card
– A record of your adoption in our online Family Album
– Materials shipped to you or your gift recipient

– All items in KEEPER, plus:
– A plush stuffed animal 

– All items in COMPANION, plus:
– Two guest passes to the Museum
– Admission for two to the Raptors of the Desert Sky flight show (offered summer season only)
– A one-on-one meeting with a wildlife curator to view your adopted animal and ask questions (Adopters are not allowed to enter the animal’s enclosure or interact with their adopted animal). Please schedule by calling 541-382-4754 ext. 244, two weeks in advance. Please note, the Gray Fox is currently not available for visitation. 

Allow up to two weeks for handling and shipping. Thank you. If you need expedited shipping, call us at 541-323-3303.

Choose your animal and adoption level by completing the form, and you will receive an adoption package in the mail. For more information contact the Admissions Desk at 541-382-4754 ext. 271 or contact us.

Bald eagle

Bald Eagle

Adopt an animal

Barn Owl


Desert Tortoise


Gray Fox* (not currently available for visitation) 

Great Horned Owl 

River Otter


Western Rattlesnake

Western Rattlesnake

Red-Tailed Hawk*

Rainbow Trout

* Available for seasonal visitation from Memorial Day through Labor Day