About the Wildlife Hospital

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)  hospital is a fully equipped 4,800-square-foot state-of-the-art facility designed to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.  The objective is to provide the medical and rehabilitative treatment necessary to assure that recovered patients can be released back to the wild.

In 2016, CROW wildlife hospital cared for 3,953 patients with more than 1,200 of those being successfully released back to the wild.  CROW’s Hospital Director, Dr. Heather Barron, DVM, oversees the daily operations.

CROW’s reputation as a teaching hospital has attracted students from a vast number of veterinary schools in the country, as well as internationally.  Students work long hours and are very dedicated to learning how to care for the native and migratory species that CROW sees as patients. 

In 2016, CROW accepted 37 Extern students (3 to 22 weeks), 7 Fellows (intensive 6 months), three DVM Interns (1 for the full year and 2 for half the year) and two Wildlife Care and Education Interns. Together, these students dedicated over 31,000 hours of animal care.  Last year, 5 countries were represented including Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Top 10 species cared for in 2016:

Top 10 cities where patients came from in 2016:

Patients by taxonomic class in 2016: 


Reasons for patient admissions in 2016:  

Unknown Trauma 640
Unknown 489
Orphaned 446
Brevetoxicosis 372
Abducted/habitat destruction 339
Fell from nest 312
Hit by car/window strike 287
Exotic/invasive species 283
Cat/dog attack 182 
Misc. caused by humans 104
Fishing hook/line   93
Distemper   77
Systemic/infectious disease   56
Predator attack   40
Misc. natural events    36
Human attack/gunshot   16
Electrocution   13
Hit by boat     2
Toxicosis     1

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