The Adopt-A-Dragon program is an integral part of the Dragon Conservancy. It was started as an offshoot of WAFDE in the relatively peaceful decades following WWII, and came into its own at the end of the last century.
Modeled after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management‘s National Wild Horse and Burro Program and the American Bear Association’s Friend of the Cubs, AAD is a way Dragon lovers around the world can stay connected to these marvelous creatures and feel like they are contributing to the continuance of Dragon welfare on a global scale. From the Tibetan Quad to the forests of Belize, Dragon-loving individuals can “adopt a Dragon.” You get a certificate of fosterage, and a weekend pass to the Dragon Sanctuary of your choice.
A recent adjunct is the KFD (Kids for Dragons) school outreach program, geared at classes of kids from the 6th-grade on up.* With parental consent—of course!—school groups can pool their resources and adopt a young Dragon. The fee is nominal and AAD tries to hook classes up with young Dragons from nearby sanctuary. As an environmental teaching tool and dispeller of negative myths, the program is without equal! And, as a field trip, nothing beats going to see the class adoptee, watching her grow through the years from gangly dragonlet to full-winged, fire-breathing adolescent. If you or your school are interested in partaking of all KFD has to offer, contact your local chapter of WAFDE.
Remember, AAD not only channels much needed support and goodwill into conservation efforts, it also provides dracophiles with a rewarding sense of chipping in. In this age of rampant species extinction, every little bit helps us all.
* Dragons are considered a little too terrifying for younger children. There are enough obstacles to our friends without adding irate parents and the wrath of the psychiatric community worried about youthful nightmares to the mix.