Like us, they have a similar mission and exist to help rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife. They also have an incredible hands-on education program for schools and youth groups free of charge. With a variety of educational materials including photos, videos, and best of all, "ambassador" animals from several different species, KWC can help children learn about their backyard neighbors.
An ambassador animal is usually an animal that is a permanent resident of the facility and cannot be released into the wild for various reasons, such as injury or being too comfortable with humans. These programs help children understand wildlife early on. They focus mainly on native mammals and do not allow direct contact for the safety of children and animals alike.
CritterFacts' co-founder TJ Warner credits a program similar to this when he was in 2nd grade for changing his perception on snakes forever:
" I remember it vividly. I had never seen a snake up close, and my peers always said they are slimy and they bite. The program teacher brought in a small kingsnake. When I saw it for myself, I noticed it had no interest in harming me, and he let us touch its tail. It was incredibly soft and smooth and definitely not slimy! I had never felt anything like that. It was so incredibly fascinating that I instantly fell in love and as they say, the rest is history. Ever since then, I've always had a soft spot for snakes, even the venomous ones."
It is charities like this that we want to continue to help thrive and expand. The more subscribers we have, the more we can do this!
"Kentucky Wildlife Center's mission is to rescue and rehabilitate Kentucky's native wildlife and to improve the welfare of wildlife through education. The organization was founded by Karen Bailey who is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Kentucky Wildlife Center, Inc. specializes in providing comprehensive care for orphaned wild mammals with a specialty in baby raccoons. The facility includes a state-of-the-art nursery that is equipped with incubators, intensive care units, and large outdoor pre-release enclosures with trees, nest boxes, and pools. Animals are released onto protected land where food and water are readily available. Located on 700 acres in Scott County, KWC is committed to providing the best chance possible of releasing the animals back to the wild."
"KWC is located on a 700-acre horse farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. The indoor rehabilitation facility includes a state-of-the-art nursery equipped with 19 incubators, an intensive care unit, and oxygen generator. There is also an indoor juvenile room and a dedicated clinic area that includes a separate washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. The outdoor facilities include a recently built 800-square-foot raccoon enclosure, a raccoon release enclosure (approximately 500 square feet), three 10 x 10 enclosures, two 10 x 5 enclosures, and five 8 x 6 cages. All of these enclosures have been modified to safely and securely hold wildlife. As part of our annual permit renewal, the facilities are inspected by a Conservation Officer with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Emphasis is placed on the mental and physical well-being of the animals with care focused on giving the animals adequate space to play, with safe, quiet places to hide and sleep, as well as plenty of enrichment items to keep them mentally stimulated. The animals are raised in groups of their own kind so that they can learn the necessary behaviors and interactions needed to survive in the wild. Our primary goal is to successfully release the animals back to the wild where they belong. We achieve this by slowly acclimating the animals to life outside. They eventually are placed in large outdoor enclosures with plenty of room to play and opportunities to climb. When they are old enough, the doors to the enclosures are left open, and the animals can come and go at will. Food and water are provided year-round at the release sites to supplement the natural foods the animals find in the wild. Raccoons, especially, are very adaptable animals and adjust well to living on their own."
Intensive Care Clinic and Nursery with Incubators
As you can see, they have a gorgeous facility and an effective rehabilitation and release program.
Visit KWC online at http://kywildlife.org/