MEET OUR AMBASSADORS
Center for Wildlife is home to a team of non-releasable wildlife ambassadors that have come to us over the years. Each of these animals are unable to return to the wild due to injury, their previous status as pets or due to improper human possession or attempted rehabilitation. Our ambassadors are all unable to survive in the wild and now help our community make connections with our native animal species. Through their work with our education team, our ambassadors help program attendees build respect for, learn to care for, and ultimately, learn to protect wildlife.
Check out our ambassador bios below to learn more!
Perseus, or Percy as we affectionately call him, is our spotted turtle ambassador. This sweet boy came to us in 2019 from Connecticut after he was confiscated. Percy is a magnificent ambassador for his species, which is listed as threatened in the state of Maine.
Big Momma, Ginger, Lily, Clifford
All of our box turtle ambassadors came to the Center after being taken out of the wild and kept in captivity elsewhere. Unfortunately, they’ve lost their natural fear of predators (especially humans!) and ability to forage for food. The box turtles are great friends and enjoy their summer outdoor enclosure where they can eat wild raspberries, greens, and soak up the sun!
Olive came to Center for Wildlife in the summer of 2020 after being found as an orphan. It quickly became obvious that Olive was not developing at the same rate as her peers. Her small size would certainly make survival in the wild difficult for Olive, and she was determined to be non-releasable by our consulting veterinarian. Olive is a sweet and curious girl, who loves to climb and explore the higher areas of her enclosure!
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Skeeter came to the Center in 2013 after being found near the road. We suspect he was hit by a car and sustained permanent neurological damage. He loves black-oil sunflower seed treats, fresh berries, feathers, and “play-time”. Though many have seen squirrels in the wild, Skeeter allows us the unique opportunity to view the adaptations of a squirrel up close!
Byron & Fern
Byron came to us in 2007 with a fractured wing after he was hit by a car. Fern came to the Center in 2018 after being struck by a vehicle and sustaining head trauma. Byron and Fern not only provides a valuable service to their species by teaching the public about barred owls, they also provide a valuable service in the medical clinic as a foster parents for baby owls.
Gaia & Galileo
Galileo came to the Center in 2006 after an injury that left him blind in his left eye. Gaia was admitted in 2011 after falling from her nest and fracturing her wing. Gaia has settled in well with Galileo, and has taken to grooming his feathers and calling beside him. They can be heard calling in the late afternoon/early evening from November through February, and are happy to oblige participants of our owl prowls. Together they have fostered over 40 owlets!
Red Tailed Hawk
Pisces was brought to the Raptor Trust in New Jersey, after his nest was removed from a golf course. He had two siblings in the nest, and was the smallest of the triplets. From early on, it was clear that Pisces' early development issues left him without the ability to properly hunt and fend for himself in the wild. He loves sitting in the sun on the glove and is starting to come out of his shell, including enjoying people walking by his window during tours and field trips!
Blossom & Lotus
Both of our painted turtle ambassadors were taken from the wild.
Unfortunately, they’ve lost their natural instinct to be afraid of predators (especially humans!) and to forage for food. Blossom was given an improper diet in captivity and now has metabolic bone disorder, causing her shell to curve upward. Lotus was found in an abandoned house in a container of murky water, consequently her shell was deformed by shell rot. They enjoy greeting visitors in the front office.
Zipper came to Center for Wildlife in 2007 after his owner went off to college and left him behind. Corn snakes are popular reptiles in pet stores because of their calm and gentle nature. Unfortunately, caring for reptiles is very time consuming and expensive. Corn snakes need a proper habitat to thrive with the right lighting, substrate, diet, and toys! Zipper has no fear of predators and is unable to forage for food, so he enjoys life from the comfort of Center for Wildlife.
Initially discovered with a partially healed fractured shell and missing one of his front feet, it is assumed that George was hit by a car. He was passed between a few individuals and kept as a classroom pet for an undetermined period before state officials intervened to get George to Center for Wildlife. George is estimated to be around 25 years old!
North American Porcupine
Henry came to the Center in 2014. He had been picked up as a baby by well-meaning rescuers, who thought he was orphaned. He had no natural fear of humans, and despite our best efforts (including stomping and clapping), he never gained a fear of predators. Henry is among our most beloved ambassadors, and is definitely a crowd favorite!
Bertram is a young, witty, raven who came to us from Avian Haven in 2019. Bertram was unfortunately imprinted on humans and thus is non-releasable. He amuses us and the public with his clever antics and playful nature!
Betty, Bobbi & Bindi
Big Brown Bats
Betty arrived in 2015 with a broken wing. Bobbi and Bindi both arrived in 2019. All three have continuously won over visitors hearts with their amazing personalities. Our bat ambassadors and patients have recently helped to teach about White-Nose Syndrome and what that means for bats and people!
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Artemis arrived from Tufts Medical Clinic. She suffered a wing injury and her primary feathers never grew back. As such, she does not have silent flight, which prevents her from being able to hunt or hide from predators effectively. She is our smallest but perhaps our mightiest owl!
Violet came to the Center for Wildlife in 2016 from Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, MA. She was found unable to fly due to a humerus fracture that was suspected to have happened after she was struck by a car. She loves to sit and gaze out at the vernal pools behind her enclosure and is bright and curious towards visitors.
Eastern Screech Owl
Lucille came to the CFW in 2018 from the Blue Hills Trails Museum after being dropped off with her siblings by a member of the public who had tried to raise them. Lucille is imprinted on humans and is not able to be released. Lucy is a fiery young lady who keeps us on our toes!
Maeve came to the Center for Wildlife in 2017 after being brought to us by Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She was found unable to fly due to a wrist fracture that was suspected to have happened after she was struck by a car. Maeve is a fiesty, intelligent bird. She is bright and curious towards visitors and also very talkative!
Perry flew into a power line and suffered extensive burns on his wing before being transferred to us in 2012. He loves life at the Center and can often be seen enjoying the view from his window.
Grace arrived in 2006 after flying through a trailer window during migration and suffering nerve and wing damage. Gracie can often be seen at her viewing window, demonstrating her impressive “pee-o-weee” call!
Maverick was found in the road, likely struck by a car in Brunswick ME. He sustained trauma to his left eye and a deep laceration to his left wing that impacted the tendon and muscle. Despite peregrines often being more high-strung, Maverick is very calm on the glove and loves taking walks with his caretakers in the sunshine and the forest.
Connor was found on the side of a busy road as a 10 week old fledgling in Tuftonboro, NH. Upon examination, he was treated for an injury to his left eye. Connor loves bowing as a form of communication, and has been making great strides working with our educators and his caretakers going for walks on the glove, stepping on and off perches in preparation for traveling and monitoring his weight.