Wildlife Center's COVID-19 Response

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with regard to COVID-19.

Please be assured that we’re open and ready to help wild animals in need. We’re also making adjustments to some of our regular operations to protect the health of our staff and the general public. Read more about "conservation in crisis". 

Injured and Orphaned Wildlife

As always, we encourage individuals who find an injured or orphaned wild animal to first call or email us for assistance and advice.  If the animal needs to come to the Wildlife Center, we'll be happy to admit it.  

At the Center 

Effective 3/19, the Wildlife Center lobby will be closed to animal rescuers and visitors. We're still admitting and treating patients; we just ask that animal rescuers drop off the contained animal in a designated spot to reduce contact between humans. 

Those dropping off animals may enter the exterior front door and proceed with posted instructions in the Center's vestibule. A variety of crates and supplies are available; rescuers may ring the doorbell or call the Center's phone number (540-942-9453) if they are in need of advice or assistance. 

Hand sanitizer is available in this vestibule area; please use it upon entry and exit. The staff will continue to disinfect the door handles to this area multiple times a day. 

Thanks for helping us continue to help wildlife through this changing situation!

Programs and Events

We’ve suspended all on-site and off-site programs and events throughout the remainder of March and will assess April programs as the situation evolves. Spring open houses have been cancelled; we hope to offer additional open house dates in the summer and fall. Please sign-up for our email list to receive a notification when new dates are set.

We’re working with the school groups, scouts, and clubs who had scheduled programs during this time to reschedule later this spring or summer, when appropriate.

Online Programs and Events

For those practicing social distancing, please visit us on our Critter Cam moderated discussion! This is an excellent way to keep in touch with the staff and learn more about wildlife. Critter Cams include live feeds of education raptors and recovering patients at the Center. The outreach department is working on creating a schedule of online events for those students and adults who are spending more time at home in these coming weeks.

Week of March 30

  • Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern:  Join us on Facebook LIVE for "For Goodness Snakes"! Learn about snake anatomy, natural history, and meet an education snake ambassador (who was not a part of the snake program two weeks ago when he was shedding). 
  • Wednesday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern: Join us on Facebook LIVE for Fantastic Falcons! Learn about these amazing birds of prey and meet the largest species of falcon, who is an education ambassador at the Center. 
  • Friday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern: This is ... Jeopardy! Join us on Facebook LIVE for some trivia questions about some of the program topics that we've covered this week - and submit your answers through a form on our website for a chance to win a prize. 

 

And keep an eye out for spontaneous Instagram live videos too! 

April 2020

  • The Center's online book club is on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Read Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie and join us for an online discussion!

 

Ongoing
Missed a LIVE tour or program? You can still watch! We've embedded all of these virtual opportunities here. 

Untamed
For those parents and children staying at home and making the best of educational opportunities while practicing social distancing, we encourage you to watch Season 1 of Untamed! These 13 episodes take a look at a variety of wild animal species, and we also have a library of materials that support each episode, including patient stories and videos, additional learning resources, and worksheets and activities for students who are watching Untamed as a part of learning on biology, natural history, and the environment.

Activities
We're creating several different activities for wildlife lovers and for those who are teaching younger ones about wildlife while staying home. Download and print a variety of activity sheets here. 

 

Check this page regularly for more updates on the Center’s response to COVID-19 and for an updated list of online activities.