September 23, 2019

September 23-29, 2019 is Rabies Awareness Week in the state of Virginia!  This campaign is promoted by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.  This year's theme focuses on vaccinating domestic animals. 

September 10, 2019

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 was successfully released on Tuesday, September 10. About 40-50 people attended the release. Dr. Ernesto released the falcon facing the James River, with a perfect view of the very bridge where the young falcon hatched. The bird flew smoothly, circled the crowd, and flew off into the nearby trees.

September 10, 2019

The two Great Horned Owlets in A2 are growing up – at a quick glance, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two owlets and their surrogate dad, Papa G’Ho! Last week, the rehabilitation staff started the young owls on daily exercise; at this point, both birds are flying somewhere between six to nine lengths of the flight pen during each session. The rehab staff are increasing the owlets' daily goal to 10 passes this week.

September 9, 2019

After the Black Bear cubs recently moved from the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure to the Black Bear Complex, the rehabilitation staff decided to weigh Bobcat #19-2408 on September 6 to see if she was large enough to move to the Large Mammal enclosure. The bobcat weighed 1.89 kg – which was less than the rehabilitation staff was expecting. The Bobcat has been eating well, so the rehabilitation staff increased the kitten’s food, and also collected a fecal sample.

September 5, 2019

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 is ready for release! After pre-release blood work was completed on September 5, the veterinary and rehabilitation staff declared that this young bird was ready to be returned to the wild. The falcon will be released on Tuesday, September 10 at 12:00 noon at the JamesCrest Farm in Hopewell [1315 Ruffin Road, Hopewell, VA 23860].