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CROW Case of the Week: Striped Skunk (#20-5379)

The striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is larger and more common in Southwest Florida than the spotted skunk. Striped skunks prefer grassy fields, while spotted skunks try to avoid open areas. more...


This week's CAW | Spots, Stripes and Everything Nice -- Driving down the road, taking in the scenery, and feeling the brisk air when a musky scent that can only be explained as a cross between ammonia and rotten eggs fills the interior of the car. Al more...

CROW Case of the Week: Cooper's Hawk (#20-5596)

The Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is often referred to as one of the most skillful flyers in the world, although you may see one tear through crowded tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. In fact, due to their affinity for birds a 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.

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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.

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