A Record-Breaking Year for the Wildlife Center of Virginia: More Than 4,000 Wild Animals Treated

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has had a landmark year after admitting a record-breaking number of patients in 2023. With more than 4,000 animals receiving life-saving care, the Center has surpassed its previous record of 3,703 patients – set during 2022 — by approximately 10%, reinforcing its position as a vital lifeline for wildlife in the Commonwealth.

The steady increase in admissions during recent years reflects a combination of factors, including human-related activity, ongoing habitat loss, extreme weather events, and increased awareness of the Center’s services throughout the region. Among the memorable species and individuals admitted this year were:

  • Nine Allegheny Woodrats, which were the subject of several collaborative research projects and population recovery efforts.
  • Bald Eagle #23-0710 [K62], who was initially treated and released from the Audubon Florida Center for Birds of Prey located in Pasco County, Florida.
  • Great Horned Owl #21-0137, a patient who overcame the odds and was successfully released following more than one and a half years of treatment.
  • … And thousands of other individual animals, representing more than 200 native species.

Dr. Karra Pierce

"This year has been truly remarkable," said Dr. Karra Pierce, Director of Veterinary Services for the Center. "We’ve seen an incredible range of animals come through our doors, each with their own unique story and need for care."

"The dedication of our staff and volunteers has been nothing short of inspiring, as they’ve worked tirelessly to provide these animals with the second chance they deserve."

—Dr. Karra Pierce

However, the increased number of patients has also put a strain on the Center’s resources.

Chris Aycock

"We rely on the generosity of many incredible supporters to make our work possible," said Chris Aycock, Director of Development at the Center. "Every contribution, big or small, helps us provide critical care to wildlife in need. With your help, we can continue to be a beacon of hope for native species facing challenges, and ensure a healthier future for all."

As a non-profit organization, the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s life-saving work in caring for thousands of native species during 2023 would not be possible without the generosity and support of our donors. Thank you!

You Can Help Support Our Work With Native Wildlife.

Your donation will help provide expert care for our current patients and ambassador animals, and approximately 4,000 other patients that the Wildlife Center will help in the coming year.