Mammals & Reptiles
These are two of the many orphaned squirrels we receive each year. Born mostly in spring and fall, they come to us after falling from trees, being caught by dogs or when trees are cut down with their nests inside. These guys are all grown up and living a wild life.
This is a 2 week old raccoon kit who was orphaned when her mom was trapped and released miles from her home. Did you know that most animals that are trapped and moved do not survive?
Audrey Blackman and Rascal, our long-time educational skunk.
Shelly, our educational box turtle, had one rear foot and half of her rear leg amputated after a dog attack. She can't bury her eggs, and they dry up or are eaten by other animals before they hatch.
Raccoons are always a party, and these guys are working on their climbing skills. This cohort was released last season.
Rascal the striped skunk on a bug hunt. Insects comprise much of a skunk's diet.
These guys are natural born climbers! Their first attempts are very harrowing since it is easier to go up a tree than down!
The average squirrel costs about $200 to raise to release. Formula, nuts, rodent blocks, monkey biscuits, fruits and vegetables are all part of a proper squirrel diet.
Penelope greets her public at a festival program.