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Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located on North Carolina Zoo grounds, provides free veterinary care to sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife. Staff, volunteers, and interns at the wildlife rehab center are working constantly to improve their techniques and ensure the wildlife placed in their care is given the best possible chance to be successfully reintroduced into the wild. The center contributes to a number of studies every year. Over the last five years, Halley Buckanoff, the wildlife rehab center’s lead veterinary technician, with the help of Dr. Lynn Mosley of Guilford College, has been studying the post-release success of songbirds which have been reintroduced into the wild after being rehabilitated at the wildlife center. While other species such as raptors have been well studied post-release after being rehabilitated, there is very limited data on rehabilitated and released songbirds. Halley and her team have been carefully documenting what happens to rehabilitated birds after they have been released. The study, which follows seven of the most commonly released non-migratory songbirds in the area, has so far shown positive results. Halley and her team have followed several banded birds at feeding stations, one of which remained in the area for 6 months, and preliminary findings have shown that all birds are exhibiting natural behaviors. Information gained from this important study will help wildlife rehabilitators adjust their techniques for the release of rehabilitated birds to ensure greater survival in the wild.

To find out more about the wildlife rehabilitation center or if you have wildlife in need of assistance go to www.nczoo.org/nczoowrc.   

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

<Animal Welfare


Improving the Lives of Captive Animals

Vets Advancing Animal Care

Wild Welfare

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

<Animal Welfare


Improving the Lives of Captive Animals

Vets Advancing Animal Care

Wild Welfare

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center