40th Anniversary

The Wildlife Center of Virginia took flight on November 9, 1982. This year, we're observing our 40th anniversary with a series of conversations, look-backs, celebrations, and shares. Check this page frequently for the latest updates on our anniversary celebrations.

Watch the Video: 

Thank you to everyone who attended the premiere of our 40th Anniversary video on November 9th. The video is viewable on our YouTube channel. Enjoy the heartfelt 16-minute anniversary video, then stay tuned for the bonus material-15 minutes of video blasts from the past.

Watch the 40th Anniversary Video

Thanks to the great crowd who turned out on November 16 for the release of Bald Eagle #22-3402. You can watch the video of this 40th Anniversary Eagle Release here

Featured This Month: Wildlife Emergency Flashback!

Before UNTAMED: Life is Wild there was Wildlife Emergency--the first Wildlife Center TV program, broadcast on Animal Planet. Join us as we crank up the Wayback Machine and visit the Wildlife Center in 1998.  This week--Episode 5 - and a special watch party on Tuesday, December 13!  Check back every Wednesday between now and the end of the year for two more action-packed episodes. 

Episode 5: Surprising results from an operation; a fox saved from a threatening situation; rehabbing an injured osprey!

Episode 6:  A deer wounded in an attack; breaking the all-time squirrel record; a Red-tail learns to fly!

Episode Premieres with a Watch Party on December13:  Let's all watch along and enjoy the flashback. Check back here to join in the fun. 

To view previous episodes in the series, visit our 40th Anniversary YouTube playlist.

Upcoming Events:

December 14:  Join Wildlife Center President and co-Founder Ed Clark on our Moderated Discussion at 6:00 p.m. Eastern to chat about great memories and plans for the future.  Bring your photos and screen grabs to share.

And more to come ...

Stay tuned to this page and to your inbox and social media stream for more news about upcoming 40th Anniversary observances.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia Anniversary Celebrations are Made Possible by our Generous 40th Anniversary Sponsors


Bald Eagle Lead Sponsors

Dale & Sara Bateman


Black Bear

Kay E. Childress

Richard Evans

Amy Gadsden

Kat Imhoff & Jeep Moore

Sally Jordan

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Mandrick

Julie & Jeff Morrill



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Dr. Patricia & Mr. Thomas Flynn

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Karen & Paul Laski

Ms. Sharon E. Logan & Mr. Richard S. Luckett

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Bill Akers

Wayne & Jody Boswell

Susan Boyd & Bruce Schmid

Ms. Margaret Brubaker

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collins

Randy & Becky Cripe

Amie & Benji Durden

Tony & Geri Ficarra

James & Beverly Foster

Susan Freedman

Jim Garner

Larry Garretson & Susan Sherman

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Glessner

Sue Gobel

Jane & Bruce Greyson

Harris Machine Products, Inc.

Drs. Samuel & Melissa Hostetter

Hallam Hurt & Stephen Roth

Kevin and Avra Leigh

Emily Ott

Maryá Rowan

Mr. & Mrs. James Skluzak

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Janice Stewart

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Temps

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Katherine Vaughan

Mac Walker

Williams Brothers Tree and Lawn Service

Marc & Tricia Williamson

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