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CROW News, Stories & Press Releases

CROW Case of the Week: Common Snapping Turtle (#20-4269)

The common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a freshwater turtle that has an appearance of a dragon in a shell. It has powerful jaws, a snake-like mobile head and neck, a rugged muscular look and a ridged tail that resembles a serpent’s. more...

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Released on Sanibel

On Tuesday, September 15, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle was released on the beach along West Gulf Drive on Sanibel by staff members of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) after spending nearly a month recovering at the Clinic for t more...


This week's CAW | Masked Booby Admitted to CROW, A First For the Clinic -- CROW recently admitted masked booby, one of six species of booby found throughout the world, for the first time according to digital records dating back to 2012. 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, 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.

Meet Lola


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.

Meet Mina


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.

Meet Talon


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.

Meet Billy


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.

Meet GiGi