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Ember is a lucky girl. Strikingly dark red coloured with her typically haughty red deer personality, she emerged as a newborn fawn from a forest on fire in December 2019, straight into the arms of a kind-hearted firefighter. Read her story here: Bushfires Queensland RFS crews rescue fawn from Queensland bushfire in Moreton Bay (



Ember wears a collar so I can easily point her out to people as she can be quite grumpy and moody (I blame the bushfire experience!). So if you often feel like kicking people, Ember will probably be your match!


When you sponsor Ember, 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 Ember

• Quarterly letters/updates from Ember 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 Ember as often as you like

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

Ember 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 2 business days of payment. The quarterly letters from your deer will be posted physically unless ‘Digital Option’ is selected.

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