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Press Releases from CROW

Lead Poisoning: How It Affects You and Wildlife Too

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) recognizes that lead is a potent toxin to humans and wildlife (especially birds) that can have individual and population-level effects. Lead is a toxic metal, yet tons of lead are deposited into ou more...

Feeding Wildlife? You May Be Loving Them To Death!

If you are feeding wild animals, you may be killing them with kindness. There are many reasons not to feed wildlife, including some that may affect your own health! At the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), we frequently see wildlife c more...

If You Care, Leave It There.

Every year wildlife hospitals, like the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel, are flooded with young animals that are abducted away from their parents by well-intentioned people who believe these babies to be orphaned. In fact, 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.


Shelldon (patient #15-2068) is a gopher tortoise that was hit by a vehicle and sustained permanent damage to his plastron and right forearm. As a result, he cannot dig burrows or protect himself. When he is not educating visitors in CROW's Visitor Education Center you can find him helping with landscaping and enjoying edible native plants.

Meet Shelldon


Sneezy (patient #14-3324) is a Virginia opossum that was hit by a vehicle and sustained damage to his face and tail. CROW's veterinary staff was able to fix his jaw but had to amputate his tail.

Meet Sneezy


Animal Ambassador, Lola (patient #13-0533) is an American Kestrel that arrived at CROW with a broken wing that could not be repaired. Along with arthritis in the same wing, this prevents her from being released.

Meet Lola


Bashful, a female opossum (patient #16-1741) was found by residence who noticed the opossum wandering around the neighborhood leaning slightly to the left and continually falling on its side.

Meet Bashful