Give us a call at 489-0900 if you would like to have any of our animals visit your group or school.
Kellogg came to us as a two-month old baby in 2007 from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The Museum veterinarian had bred a number of corn snakes and donated Kellogg to us.
He is a favorite of the children (and some adults) who attend our programs.
|Miracle– Silky Ringneck Dove –
The silky dove is one of many domesticated doves or pigeons, bred for particular characteristics. Miracle is a white dove with “frizzled” ends on his feathers, causing the dove not to be able to gain lift and fly. He flutters to the ground whenever he tries to fly.Did You Know? Miracle was born in a library when the librarian that took care of his parents didn’t notice a third egg laid in the cage and only removed the normal two eggs laid by the parents each spring. Birds in the wild will lay multiple eggs and double clutches of eggs to ensure that their offspring have a better chance of survival.
Miracle was donated to us in 2009 by “Birdman” Dave Gulick when he moved from the area and couldn’t take Miracle with him. Miracle is very friendly and likes to be held by the children attending our programs.
|Sheldon, Vinny, and Bob- Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) – Eastern Box Turtles are a native species of turtle that is found along the east coast of the United States. Their shells have unique markings, with males being more brightly colored than females (Sheldon). Males have brightly colored heads and front legs with red eyes, whereas females usuallyhave a brown/tan head and front legs. Occasionally females will have red eyes. Males also have a slight indentation on their carapace (bottom side of shell) as well as having flared scutes on the back side of their carapace (top side of shell).
The Box turtle received its name because it can close completely in its shell. Box turtles are the only terrestrial turtles in the United States. They are usually found near wooded areas, but are frequently found crossing streets due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Their population is in decline, but we have a healthy population at Leigh Farm Park. To see more about our conservation efforts at PWC, go here.
Sheldon was a rescue from a group of 100 turtles that were surrendered. All the turtles had been living indoors together for about 20+ years. They currently cohabit with our chickens in the warm months and are doing very well.
Vinny was stolen off the side of a highway in Virginia. The people who found him saw him on the side of a busy road and, like most people, thought they were helping him by bringing him back home to Fayetteville. Luckily, before Vinny was released into their backyard they researched box turtles. What they found was that when box turtles are relocated outside of their (approximately) 1 acre home-range, they spend the rest of their lives trying to get back home. In this time, the turtles will not eat or drink and usually perish. When they found this out they called PWC and we were able to take him in to become a wildlife ambassador. If we had known where Vinny was picked up, we could have put him back, but all they knew was somewhere off the highway.
Gone, but not forgotten:
|Jess passed away on 3/6/13, from unknown causes. She was such a great educational bird. She was a natural in raptor training and from the very first day knew how to stand on a trainer’s glove. She will be missed by all those that knew her. Her favorite pastime was falling asleep in her travel crate!Jess (Megascops asio, grey-phase eastern screech owl) was found in January 2012 in a dog house. She was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia where she was believed to have been attacked by a wild animal. She had muscle bruising and atrophy and feather damage to her right wing and an open-wound on her right pectoral muscle. Due to her injuries she is unable to fly and was deemed unreleasable. Piedmont Wildlife Center obtained her as a second screech owl and she has proven herself to be a wonderful addition to our educational animal program.|