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.

July 21, 2023

On June 22, Reese Lukei with the Center for Conservation Biology rescued a juvenile Bald Eagle that had just fledged from its nest in the Little Neck area of Virginia Beach. The bird had never left its nest before, but it had many broken tail feathers. When it leaped from its nest, it did not fly, and instead, just floated to the ground.

July 19, 2023

During the mid-summer months, patient admissions at the Wildlife Center of Virginia start slow down compared to the bustle of spring “baby season”, though overall, the caseload remains fairly high. What kinds of animals are currently at the Center?

July 14, 2023

Happy World Snake Day! Each year on July 16, people all across the globe celebrate snakes – a group of animals that are often underappreciated and misunderstood. Most snake species found in Virginia are naturally reclusive and avoid contact with humans whenever possible, which can perpetuate the negative myths and misconceptions people may have about them.

July 14, 2023

On July 11, a young bear cub was found, along a road in Fauquier County, beside her deceased mother. Rescuers contacted the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and the bear was admitted the following morning to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

July 12, 2023

On February 28, Wildlife Center President Ed Clark traveled to Boise, Idaho to participate in a “Lead-free Summit” organized by the North American Non-lead Partnership, a coalition of state wildlife agencies and conservation organizations, and Sporting Lead-free, a conservation initiative of the Teton Raptor Center. The purpose of the summit was to assess the effectiveness of efforts to promote non-lead hunting and angling and to identify projects that participants in the summit can collaborate on.

July 3, 2023

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has just lost one of its best friends and unsung heroes.  Debbi Skluzak, known on the Wildlife Center’s Critter Cam as Congowings, lost her long battle with cancer last week.  She leaves a big hole in our hearts and on our team.

July 3, 2023

Independence Day is here, and with it, millions of Americans will be celebrating through classic and time-honored traditions: grilling with friends and family in the backyard, hitting our favorite hiking trails and campsites, watching parades, and – for many people – enjoying fireworks displays. The dazzling sights and sounds can be an exciting experience for some humans, but wildlife perceive and react to fireworks in a very different way.