Adopt an Animal

By donating you are helping Irukandji look after their unique marine life as well as contributing to the conservation and protection of some of the ocean’s most endangered species.

Why adopt?

Here at Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters we provide the best care for our animals! Without government funding, this comes at a high cost! Your donation through Adopt an Animal will help us continue our fight for ocean conservation by providing funds for:

  • building & maintaining our state-of-the-art marine exhibits
  • veterinary care
  • the highest level of animal husbandry including quality sustainable food, enclosure maintenance, and animal enrichment
  • educating the public about some large issues in ocean conservation and how they can help
  • running school programs to help children better understand their role in the ocean
  • providing funds for our not-for-profit Sea Shelter to rescue & rehabilitate marine fish and reptiles

Along with this you will also get a personalised certificate to show your valuable contribution as well as other gifts according to your donation amount.

ADOPT KALAHARI

Zebra shark

Kalahari is our juvenile zebra shark! She is a favourite at Irukandji as she is extremely friendly and has a very distinctive personality!

Zebra sharks are an endangered species, so your adoption will not only help keep her well looked after, but also go towards their conservation in the wild.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 2 entry passes to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • 1 zebra shark feeding pass, shark encounter included*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Zebra shark plushie
  • “Day in the life” special video

ADOPT HOUDINI

Tawny nurse shark

Houdini is our most intelligent tawny nurse shark. He also got his name for a reason; he’s known to be a bit of an escape artist. 

Tawny nurse sharks are a vulnerable species, so your adoption will not only help keep him well looked after, but also go towards their conservation in the wild.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 2 entry passes to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • 1 tawny nurse shark feeding pass, shark encounter included*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • “Day in the life” special video

ADOPT FRIZZLE

Smooth stingray

Frizzle is our largest stingray at Irukandji weighing approximately 180kgs! Don’t let that deter you though, he loves people!

Smooth stingrays get a bit of a bad, unwarranted, reputation. Your adoption will not only help keep him well looked after, but also go towards educating people  about this amazing species.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 2 entry passes to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • 1 tropical snorkel pass, shark encounter included*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Stingray plushie
  • “Day in the life” special video

ADOPT JAWS

Brownbanded bamboo shark

Despite his name, Jaws absolutely loves a cuddle with people. But when it comes to other, smaller sharks, he likes to think he’s ‘top dog’.

Brownbanded bamboo sharks are a near threatened species, so your adoption will not only help keep him well looked after, but also go towards their conservation in the wild.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 2 entry passes to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • 1 tropical snorkel pass, shark encounter included*
  • Irukandji magnet
  • Bamboo shark plushie
  • “Day in the life” special video

ADOPT BELLA

Leopard whiptail stingray

Bella is our largest leopard whipray, but she’s not done growing yet! She will grow up to 1.4 metre disc width once mature. She is also the most polite and graceful stingray at Irukandji.

Leopard whiptail stingrays are a vulnerable species, so your adoption will not only help keep her well looked after, but also go towards their conservation in the wild.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet

ADOPT GEORGE

Port Jackson shark

George is an extra special Port Jackson shark as he has Melanism, which gives him an almost black appearance. Along with this, he’s blind!

Port Jackson sharks are a common shark around the coast of Australia. Your adoption will not only help keep him well looked after, but also go towards educating the public and changing minds about sharks.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet

ADOPT MISTY

Giant shovelnose ray

Misty is one of our giant shovelnose rays. She’s curious and friendly, always popping her head up and bumping you to say to hi!

Giant shovelnose rays are a critcally endangered species, so your adoption will not only help keep her well looked after, but also go towards their conservation in the wild.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet

ADOPT ANNABELLE

Red lionfish

Annabelle is our sassy lionfish! This beautiful and venomous girl is full of personality that you will love!

Lionfish are an invasive predator that are taking over ecosystems due to human interference. Your adoption will not only help keep her well looked after, but also go towards educating the public on this issue and what can be done to help.

  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • Personalised certificate
  • Animal profile & fact sheet
  • 1 entry pass to Irukandji*
  • 1 shark encounter pass*
  • Irukandji magnet

To help save the environment, most of your adoption package is online!
Once you’ve adopted one of our animals, we will send you your certificate, animal profile & fact sheet and passes (if applicable) via email.

The Coral Reef and Ocean adoption packages, including items to be sent via post, are only available to Australian residents at the moment.

Adoption packages are a single payment that last for 1 year from purchase date.

*Each pass is valid for 1 year from purchase date. Passes can be used for adult, child or concession depending on eligibility (e.g. Tawny Nurse Shark Feeding & Tropical Snorkel is 12+ only).

^ Subject to availability. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment, especially for Zebra Shark Feeding and Tawny Nurse Shark Feeding as there limited spots.

ADOPT NOW