Press Room

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is an internationally acclaimed teaching and research hospital for wildlife and conservation medicine, located in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Since its founding in 1982, the Center has cared for more than 85,000 wild animals – representing 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. 

Center staff are available to respond to a wide variety of questions concerning wildlife, human-wildlife interactions, and environmental issues.  The Center also has a collection of digital images of past and current patients.

To contact the Wildlife Center:  The Center’s front desk is staffed seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Eastern.  Call the Center at 540.942.9453, or email

Unless otherwise noted, photos on the Wildlife Center’s website are property of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.  These images may be used as part of regular media coverage with attribution to the Wildlife Center of Virginia

Recent Press Releases

The Wildlife Center of Virginia Plans Black Bear Birthday Bash
Celebrate five bears' graduation from cubs into yearling during a week-long virtual event.
January 12, 2022

The Sounds of the Season
The Wildlife Center of Virginia Offers a Christmas Eve Activity for the Whole Family
December 22, 2021 

The Wildlife Center of Virginia to Provide Thanksgiving Meals for 100+ Wild Animals 
Thanksgiving guests include Bald Eagles, Black Bears, Virginia Opossums, Snapping Turtles, Great Horned Owls, and more.
November 24, 2021


Wildlife Center in the News

Two creatures were stirring -- Virginia's Christmas Eve Mice, Radio IQ-WVTF 

Animals speak in their own voices for Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Christmas Eve activity, WSLS-10

Wildlife Center of Virginia creates holiday guessing game, NBC-29

Sounds of the Season, Radio IQ-WVTF 

Wildlife Center of Virginia hosts meal for animals on Thanksgiving, WSLS-10

Wildlife Center of VA To Provide Thanksgiving Meals to 100+ Animals, The Roanoke Star