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.

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