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CROW Case of the Week: Blue Jay (#22-16)


The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a blue and white songbird that is known for its intelligence. Part of its expertise includes mimicking the calls of hawks to provide protective information that a hawk is around, even though one may be seen but more...

CROW CAWs


Red tide is the result of a specific kind of harmful algal bloom. Algal blooms result from a combination of environmental factors including available nutrients, sunlight, temperature, ecosystem disturbance, hydrology, and water chemistry. Harmful alg more...

CROW Case of the Week: Kemp's Ridley (#21-6362)


The Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) is the world’s most endangered species of sea turtle as well as the smallest and rarest of the seven sea turtles in the world. The marine reptile has a triangularshaped head and a slightly hooked beak. Its cara more...

Meet Our Animal Ambassadors

Each of our Animal Ambassadors has a unique story and important place in our programs.  Bringing guests closer to our ambassadors is just one way we will help others gain an appreciation for local wildlife.

Lola

Lola, the American kestrel (patient #13-0533), arrived at CROW in March 2013 with a broken wing that could not be repaired. Along with arthritis in the same wing, she is unable to fly more than a few feet. Without the ability to fly, she would be unable to hunt successfully in the wild.

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Mina

Mina, a great horned owl (patient #16-3770), was brought to the clinic in December of 2016. She had suffered an injury and lost part of her wing. The amputation had completely healed before she was admitted to the hospital. She was otherwise in good health and it is suspected her mate had been caring for her in the wild.

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Talon

Talon is a red-tailed hawk. When younger, Talon suffered a wing injury which was unable to be corrected rendering him unable to fly well enough to hunt on his own.

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Billy

Billy the Armadillo (patient #17-1136) arrived at the clinic in April of 2017 after he was found as an orphan in Cape Coral, Florida. At the time, due to the classification of his species as a non-native species, Billy was unable to be released back into wild when he got older.

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GiGi

GiGi, a female Virginia opossum (patient #19-1238), was admitted to the hospital along with her two siblings in April 2019. The trio was found huddled in a corner along the outside of a house in Cape Coral and were taken to a drop-off location. GiGi and her siblings were in perfect health, except that GiGi was missing a majority of her tail.

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