You may not realize that right near Charlottesville, we have a wonderful resource for wildlife education, rehabilitation, and conservation. Have you ever found an injured turtle and wondered how you could help it? Maybe you have seen orphaned squirrels in a fallen tree. We are lucky enough to have a center that can answer your questions and help the animal to recover and return to its environment.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia provides a hospital that treats native wildlife, and educational programs that are crafted to help teach us how to care about for wildlife and the environment. Since 1982, the Center has provided quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife. They have treated more than 70,000 wild animals across 200+ species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. They have also gained a great deal of experience from these cases, reaching out to more than 1.5 million school-children and adults across Virginia. Their efforts have resulted in a corps of wildlife medicine practitioners, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and volunteer wildlife rehabilitators who have benefited from the professional training programs offered by the Center and have gone on to be on the cutting-edge of wildlife veterinary medicine worldwide. The Wildlife Center received the National Conservation Achievement Award in 2007 from the National Wildlife Federation as the Conservation Organization of the Year.
You and your children can experience the many resources available at this very special center. The Center offers a wide variety of events and programs, including tours and field trips. We are so lucky to have this amazing facility in our region – take a minute to visit their web site and maybe make plans to stop by for a tour or a class! Not only will you learn something, but you will be able to support a valuable program with wide reaching benefits.
For more information, visit their web site.