Watch Episode Seven: Unusual Species
Inside the Episode
Episode Seven of Untamed highlights a variety of more "unusual species" treated at the Wildlife Center. The Center typically admits more than 150 different species each year -- while most of these animals are often the birds, mammals, and reptiles whose homes are in and around our own backyards and neighborhoods, Center staff are always prepared for any animal that might come through the door, even if we only see that species once every year or so! When the Center admits an unusual or uncommon species of wildlife, the staff relies on their extensive knowledge of natural history, as well as creativity and resourcefulness.
Some unusual species treated at the Center are rarely admitted due to their secretive lifestyle; some are uncommon admissions because, as a species, they are in trouble.
Learn more about the people in the episode.
Learn more about shrews, the only venomous mammal in Virginia, through this fun blog post from former front-desk coordinator Kate.
Just what is the most unusual species that staff at the Wildlife Center have encountered? We took a short survey of our current staff, check out their answers here!
Looking for more videos of the unusual species in this episode? Check out this YouTube playlist!
- Preventing Wildlife Conflicts: Moles as Neighbors
- Woodpeckers Hammering on Houses?
- Wildlife Assistance: Helping Wildlife in Need
- Learn more about all the wild species in Virginia
Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of Untamed into the classroom? The Wildlife Center is happy to provide these original worksheets and activity pages for teachers and educators. Designed to highlight the major themes and ideas presented in each episode, these activities are best used in combination with a classroom viewing.
- Untamed Watch-along Worksheet: Unusual Species (best-suited for grades 5 and up)
- Unusual Puzzles Activity (best-suited for grades 2-4)
Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more wildlife information? Email us at email@example.com