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Cuddly Conservation Gifts for Valentine's Day

WASHINGTON, February 5, 2007 – Skip the traditional chocolates and flowers for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. World Wildlife Fund suggests another option – a red-eyed tree frog. Through World Wildlife Fund’s symbolic animal adoption program gift-givers can adopt an animal in honor of a friend or loved one. Adoption levels range in price from $25 to $250. All adoptions of $50 or more come with a stuffed animal version of the species adopted – so they’ll have something to cuddle – and for Valentine’s Day the animal plush comes nestled in a red, exclusive “Happy Valentine’s Day” pouch.

There are 40 different animals to choose from – from pygmy elephants to sea turtles – and all adoptions include a formal adoption certificate, a color photo of the adopted animal and a species description card.  In addition, all online adoption donations come with a free online premium package, which includes a personalized electronic adoption certificate, screensavers, wallpaper and AIM icons all customized to the animal adopted.

Through WWF’s “Extraordinary Gifts” program, Valentine’s Day gift-givers have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to support specific conservation projects in regions around the world. These larger priced gifts – from $1,000 to $2.5 million – are unique in that the funds go directly to the project chosen, like relocating bison or rhinos to a wildlife protected area, purchasing a set of sea turtle or pygmy elephant tracking collars to monitor their populations or providing an educational scholarship to a young girl in the developing world.

Gifts can be purchased online through the WWF Online Giving Center at www.worldwildlife.org/gifts or by calling 800-CALL-WWF.