Adopt a Plant in Danger of Extinction
Dozens of species in danger of extinction need a home committed to caring for them. Checkout this program run by Mexico’s National University (UNAM).
The Adoption Center for Mexican Plants in Danger of Extinction is an initiative endorsed by the UNAM Botanical Garden, which aims to create awareness and incentives around taking care of national flora, through its adoption program. The project turns three this month and has thousands of proud adoptive parents.
Through the program, adoptive parents commit to caring for and protecting the plant of their choice. They can select the new member of their family from among over 60 crassula plants, orchids, one agave and another insectivorous. Availability of each one depends on the time of year. We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that they truly are plants in danger of extinction.
It’s Not Child’s Play
Adoption means going through a true process in which participants must fulfill certain requirements: informing the botanical garden about the condition of the plant, safeguarding it, not introducing it to a wild environment and, when necessary, handing it down to family members as a valuable asset.
- Visit the Tigridia shop at the botanical garden in University City
- Choose a plant to adopt
- Fill out the registration form
- Cover the recovery fee, used to keep the project going
- With the information you provide, the Adoption Center will be able to stay in touch with you and answer your questions about the care of your plant
Activities for Adoptive Parents
Every month, the Adoption Center runs a special activity for “adoptive parents” in which they are trained on plant care and greenhouse management, among other subjects.
The botanical gardenharbors over 300 Mexican species in danger of extinction.