DakotaGreat Horned Owl
Dakota was found as an owlet in 2000 and was kept illegally by people in northern Wisconsin. When he became sick due to poor nutrition and care he was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. They determined that he was imprinted on humans. Imprinting means a bird has formed an inaccurate self image — in Dakota’s case, a human self-image — and will fail to act in a species-appropriate way. Dakota, if released, would seek out humans for food and breeding purposes — so he is not releasable to the wild.
Raenah was brought to the Wildlife in Need Center in 2008 with a fractured humerus in her left wing. She underwent surgery and therapy to try and regain some wing strength. Unfortunately she never regained full motion in her wing and was un-releasable and is now a part of the education team.
Chase is a captive bred striped skunk that was born in May 2016. Wild striped skunks have a risk of carrying rabies and therefore cannot be rehabilitated in Wisconsin. Chase has been raised and cared for by our staff and will live permanently at the Wildlife in Need Center. As a frequently misunderstood species, he is an important addition to our education team.
Marcy was brought to WINC as a patient in the Summer of 2019 after being found on the side of the road with head trauma and damage to her right eye. The permanent damage in her right eye left her blind and non-releasable. Her young age and great disposition will help to make her an important educational ambassador for her species.
Meadow is a captive bred snake hatched in early 2013. She was donated to be used for education and joined our educational staff in the fall of 2013.
EvieEastern Fox Snake
Evie is a captive bred snake hatched in August of 2013. She had two years of dedicated foster care before being donated to WINC to join our education team in the fall of 2015.
JewelOrnate Box Turtle
Jewel was found in a pet store in Milwaukee County. She was confiscated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2005 and offered to the Wildlife In Need Center as an education animal.
AntoinetteWestern Painted Turtle
Antoinette was brought to the Wildlife In Need Center in fall of 2010 after a homeowner found her in their yard. They observed that she had severe blunt force trauma to all four limbs which resulted in her missing toes and partial amputations making her unreleasable. When she arrived we noticed that her carapace formed upward near the back which is an indication she could have been held in captivity.
Bella was brought to the Wildlife in Need Center in June of 2015 as a patient after being hit by a lawn mower and suffering a partial front leg amputation. Toads use their front limbs to hold onto their prey and to aid in mobility and balance. She was not releasable due to her injury and therefore, she has joined our education team. Bella’s name means ‘beautiful’ in Italian.