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Holly is an unusual deer, with her folded ears and affectionate spirit. She chooses people she loves, and will follow them around loyally, loving pats and scratches. If she’s chosen you, you are very lucky!

Holly is a red deer, with her thick coat and long legs. She came to the Sanctuary from a petting zoo where she’d been living with the goats and kept jumping out to go on adventures (not very safe for a deer in the suburbs!)


When you sponsor Holly, you will be helping to provide food, comfortable habitats 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 Holly

• 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 Holly 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 Holly 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

Holly 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 two weeks of payment. The quarterly letters from your deer will be posted physically unless ‘Digital Option’ is selected.

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