Animal Ambassadors

Some animals that cannot be released back into the wild serve as wildlife ambassadors for educational purposes and community presentations. Wildlife Biology and Rehabilitation students practice wildlife education techniques by discussing the care and rehabilitation of wildlife at schools, churches, parks, and civic events throughout the state. These opportunities help students gain confidence in their teaching and public speaking skills and motivate North Carolinians to create positive, effective solutions to complicated environmental challenges.

Each education animal at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has a story behind it. Most started out functioning in the wild, but something happened (usually human induced) that caused injuries severe enough that it could no longer survive in the wild. Our goal is to make their lives here as comfortable as possible, physically and mentally. This means they have proper caging, nutritional food and vitamins, a companion of their own kind when possible, and periodic checkups by a veterinarian.

Meet our Animal Ambassadors

Cloudfeather: Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Captain: Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Zuri and Zulani: Southern Flying Squrrels

Thunder: Eastern Gray (Leucistic) Squirrel

Cyr: Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Jack: Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Bindi and Artemus: Snakes Eastern Corn Snakes

Seymore and Tripod: Eastern Box Turtles (terrapene Carolina Carolina)

Hamlet: Northern Saw-whet Owls (aegolius acadicus)

Zoro and Zeek: Cedar Waxwings (bombycilla cedrorum)

Oz and Bean: Eastern Screech Owls (megascops asio)

Nelson: American Crow (corvus brachyrhynchos)

Sealy: Barred Owl (strix varia) 

Willow: Pileated Woodpecker (Hylatomus pileatus)

Ziggie: Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi)


Every ambassador has a story that tells why they are with us and offers a unique conservation message.

Meet the ambassadors at a wildlife presentation at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Presentations are offered on the following schedule:

February through April: 1 p.m. on Saturdays
June through mid-August: 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Mid-August through November: 1 p.m. on Saturdays