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CROW Case of the Week: Banded Water Snake (#21-5699)

The banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata) is a nonvenomous snake that is not known to be a threat to humans or pets, but it will bite to defend itself. Often called the southern water snake, this reptile has a brown and grayish back with reddish brow more...

CROW Case of the Week: Green Sea Turtle Hatchling (#21-5664)

The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is named for the color of the fat under its shell. It is the largest hard-shell sea turtle and only herbivore among the different species that includes loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, olive rid more...

CROW Case of the Week: Virginia Opossum (#21-5494)

The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is a catsized mammal that is mostly found in North America. In fact, it is the only species of opossum found north of Mexico. The Virginia opossum is the continent’s only marsupial, an animal with a pouc 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.

Meet GiGi