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Claire is a very lucky girl! She was found in the bush with tick paralysis and taken to the wonderful Brookfield Vet Surgery, where she was treated and her life was saved. (Most vets will not treat a feral animal, so we have much gratitude and respect for these wonderful people).

Claire is a little fallow deer, with gorgeous pale colouring and of course the fallow spots. She loves hanging out with her fellow 2022 rescue-brothers, Owen and Obi, and follows them around adoringly. Because she spent more time in the wild before she was rescued she is more timid and flighty than the boys; but once she is safely held her body relaxes and she snuggles in for cuddles, licks and kisses.


When you sponsor Claire, you will be helping to provide food, comfortable environments and veterinary care for her and all the animals here at the Lyell Deer Sanctuary, and supporting us to be able to continue rescuing and rehabilitating more deer. We are entirely self-funded, and every little bit helps so much!


You will also receive:

• A personalised sponsorship certificate

• A full-colour photograph of Claire

• Lyell Deer Sanctuary pen and stickers

• Membership to our Deer Hearts Club, with access to private pages, Facebook group and app for behind-the-scenes photos and updates of Sanctuary happenings

• Quarterly letters/updates from Claire herself, posted physically to the sponsor’s address (or delivered digitally if preferred). Children are encouraged to write back to her to receive a personal response!

• Free admission to the Deer Sanctuary for 12 months, so you can visit Claire as often as you like. If you have guests accompanying you to visit, they will get 10% off their ticket price

• 10% off tickets to events at Lyell Deer Sanctuary, including our Christmas ‘Adopt-A-Reindeer’ activities and birthday parties

Claire Sponsorship

  • We are a small family-run animal sanctuary, so when you sponsor an animal through us you get personal and individualised service. We are happy to adjust your sponsorship package to suit you: do you want to gift this to a whole family to enjoy together, or a whole class, or even delegate someone else to visit your deer if you can’t come yourself… Just send a message and we will try to find a solution that works for you.

  • Postage of your sponsorship merchandise is included in your sponsorship package, and dispatch will be within 7 business days of payment. The quarterly letters from your deer will be posted physically unless ‘Digital Option’ is selected.

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