The Wildlife Center of Virginia is enlisting the help of K-12 students in coming up with a name for a non-releasable Eastern Ratsnake that will soon be traveling the state as one of the Center’s education ambassadors.
As one of the world’s leading teaching hospitals for wildlife medicine, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has a core mission to teach the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment. This news page collects stories of the Center’s expertise in action.
Each fall, for the past 13 years, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has proudly offered The Garden of Eagles calendar. Labeling it a “calendar” seems inadequate. Yes, The Garden of Eagles includes the days of the week and the months of the year. Yes, that calendar notes important holidays – like the Fourth of July, or Labor Day – as well as Save the Eagles Day, and International Vulture Awareness Day.
At any given point during the year, the patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia reflect the natural ebb and flow of the seasons. Winter brings in species that may have had their natural hibernation or brumation cycles disrupted. Tens of hundreds of baby birds, cottontails, and opossums arrive at the Center in need of care during the spring months. Patient admissions generally slow down during summer, but not for long -- autumn signifies an important time for many wild birds in North America: time for migration!
During August 2022 the Center admitted a toad in need of emergency medical care; the pocket-sized amphibian (weighing in at just 6 g on admission) had been accidentally hit by a lawnmower, resulting in traumatic injuries to its left hind limb. The Center’s skilled veterinary staff performed micro-surgery for its injuries, which ultimately led to its successful rehabilitation and release back into the wild.
Ed Clark, President and Co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, announced today that Executive Vice President Randy Huwa will be retiring at the end of 2022. Randy joined the Wildlife Center staff in October 2005; in his 17 years at the Wildlife Center, he has been responsible for fundraising, budgeting, public relations, and program administration.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor Kelsey Pleasants was recently interviewed by Radio IQ Charlottesville Bureau Chief Sandy Hausman on a rare visitor to the Wildlife Center of Virginia -- Mississippi Kite #22-2251. During the interview, Kelsey describes how the young raptor was initially identified as a Cooper's Hawk, and later on a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Observations during daily rehabilitative care made those identifications doubtful, though.
This Eastern Ratsnake was admitted to the Wildlife Center in December 2021. The snake was taken from an unknown location in the wild and kept for an unknown period of time before a friend of the snake's former owner intervened and brought the ratsnake to the Center. Because this snake's original home territory and length of time in captivity are unknown, he is unable to be released into the wild. Help us name our newest snake co-worker -- suggest a name here!