Over the past couple of months I've been looking at the Jersey zoo "Adopt an animal" scheme as I have been considering doing it this Christmas as a present to myself. Let me be clear, I'm not really into the whole "adoption" thing in zoos and I wouldn't normally even consider it as I'm strapped for cash as it is. However, I do understand that these sorts of programs go some way to helping zoos financially and there is no zoo which I would want to support more at this challenging time than Jersey and the work of the Durrell trust. That said, I'm not very impressed with layout and the options available. The past layout included species like the Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur, Livingstone's fruit bat and pied tamarin. In contrast, the current layout is quite uninspired and just goes for the ABC's like Asian short short claw otter, spectacled bear, gorilla, orangutang, ringtailed lemur. I know it hardly matters, but what if I wanted to select a species more symbolic and meaningful to me like the black lion tamarin, Bali starling, aye-aye, Malagasy big headed turtle or Malagasy giant jumping rat ? There is such an amazing range of endangered species kept at Jersey and the ethos of the zoo is all about championing the little brown jobs so it is a wonder that there aren't more options for people considering "adopting" a species. Has anyone done this "adoption scheme" at Jersey zoo before ? What are peoples thoughts on the range of species available to "adopt" ?