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.

December 1, 2022

The Wildlife Center is saddened to announce the death of Papa G’Ho, the Center’s non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl. Papa died in his enclosure on November 30, 2022. It’s unknown exactly how old Papa was, though he has been at the Center for the past 21 years.

November 30, 2022

On October 27, an adult Bald Eagle was found injured on the side of the road in Chesapeake, Virginia. The eagle was likely injured due to a vehicle collision. Chesapeake Animal Services captured the bird and brought it to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow for initial treatment before transporting it to the Wildlife Center for further care.

November 29, 2022

Join us all day Tuesday for the international celebration of philanthropy--Giving Tuesday. Your donations to the Wildlife Center will help support our ongoing animal treatment costs, as well as funding a number of items from our Wishlist, including:

  • continuing education for veterinarians, vet techs, and rehabilitators,
  • a snow plow for our utility vehicle,
  • updating our medical textbooks, and
  • medical equipment and hospital supplies.


November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Wildlife Center of Virginia!

Many Americans are busily preparing for their Thanksgiving meals, planning and creating various tasty dishes to share with family and friends. The staff at the Center are also checking their ingredients and updating their guest list -- at this point, the staff expect a group of nearly 100!

November 10, 2022

Outreach Public Affairs Manager Alex Wehrung was recently interviewed by WMRA News Reporter Randi B. Hagi on the Center's upcoming 27th Annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation.  

Describing the shift to a virtual format in recent years, Hagi writes, "The conference has taken place entirely online since 2020, which has allowed its reach to blossom – the number of participants has jumped from the mid-200s to nearly 400 for the past two years. All the sessions will be archived and available online through the end of the year."

November 4, 2022

The Wildlife Center of Virginia was launched on November 9, 1982. This year, we're observing our 40th anniversary with a series of conversations, look-backs, celebrations, and shares.

November 2, 2022

Autumn is in full swing in Virginia, and during late October many of us have had the chance to view the brilliant changes in foliage all across the Commonwealth. A kaleidoscope of oranges, yellows, and reds among the natural landscape sets a perfect backdrop for favorite fall activities, but it also signals the approach of a less-beloved fall chore for some homeowners – raking, bagging, and disposing of fallen leaves that find their way into lawns and gardens. This year, the Wildlife Center is encouraging homeowners to try a different approach: leave those leaves be!