Ever wanted to own an exotic pet but don’t have the space or time to care for it? The Darien Nature Center is now offering sponsorship opportunities for eight of its resident animals!

“It’s like having a pet away from home,” said nature center teacher and animal curator Molly Robertson. “You can visit any time, always knowing that your donation is going directly to the animal’s feeding, housing, and veterinary care.”

The animals available for sponsorship are: Einstein the bunny, Shelley the turtle, Sydney the bearded dragon, Paz the white dove, Ethel the prairie dog, Hectora the iguana, Flinch the hedgehog, and Luna the owl.

Nature Center Executive Director Leila Wetmore says, “This is a really unique gift for the person who has everything. You can choose an animal to sponsor in their name for any occasion, like birthdays and graduations,” Wetmore said. “That person is invited to come in for one-on-one time with their animal, and often it is their first interaction with that species.” She hopes the idea of “honor giving” will help people form new connections to the natural world around them.

There are four sponsorship levels available. You can complete a sponsorship online at https://dariennaturecenter.org/donate. For further information contact Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at 203-655-7459.