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Adopt a dolphin to support UNF’s Dolphin Research Program

Smiling dolphins in the St Johns RiverThe University of North Florida’s Dolphin Research Program provides critical information on the population of bottlenose dolphins inhabiting Jacksonville’s estuarine waters. Over the past ten years, Dr. Quincy Gibson, associate professor of biology, and student researchers have identified and conducted studies on the behavioral ecology of over 500 individual dolphins in the St. Johns River, approximately half of which are year-round residents.

To help support the program and its research, the Dolphin Research Program offers the unique opportunity to symbolically “adopt” a local dolphin that has been identified during marine mammal research. Through your generous donation, you’ll be supporting UNF’s important research and conservation work while helping to build a better future for these magnificent creatures.

The “Basic” adoption donation is $40 and the special “Name Your Dolphin” adoption donation is $80. Upon adopting a dolphin, you will receive an adoption card, a 5x7 photo of your adopted dolphin and information about him/her. All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds go directly to UNF’s Dolphin Research Program. For more information about the Dolphin Research Program, visit the website. To adopt a dolphin and support UNF research, contact Dr. Quincy Gibson at