Weekly hospital update

The hospital received 180 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 960.

Twenty-seven of the patients were mallard chicks. Mallards and mallard-hybrids often nest in seemingly inappropriate locations. When the eggs hatch, the mother needs to lead her babies to the nearest water, which may be across many lanes of traffic. If you can safely stop the traffic for a few minutes, mom can escort her babies across the street and continue the trek to water.

Weekly hospital update

The hospital received 120 animals last week, bringing the total for this year to 657.

Spring is really here. In one week, the number of animals brought to us increased by over 40%. We are still seeing too many animals caught by cats–it is especially important from now through the end of nesting season (September) to keep cats indoors.

Construction begins on two new exhibits!

We are excited to announce construction has begun on our new Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes and new Birds Of Prey exhibits. In Behind the Scenes, an operating theater with one-way glass will let visitors witness real hospital procedures such as feeding orphaned babies. Birds of Prey is a series of interactive stations, providing hands-on opportunities to learn about our region’s fascinating raptors.

Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes

Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes

Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes

Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes will function in two ways. First, as a glass-fronted operating theater to allow visitors the opportunity to witness live presentations of real hospital procedures, such as conducting physical therapy on a raptor recovering from a wing injury or feeding orphaned babies. Second, the exhibit will include a gallery of self-guided learning stations involving microscopes, x-rays and touch screen displays.

Birds of Prey Exhibit

Birds of Prey Exhibit

Birds of Prey Exhibit

Birds of Prey will feature exhibits designed to let visitors explore and experience the adaptations of the incredible raptors that live around us. For example, On the Wing is an interactive flight simulator that will give children the sense of soaring high above Mt. Diablo State Park. Get a Grip lets you compare your grip strength to an eagle’s, and Unique Beaks teaches how different bird beaks are specially adapted to eat certain types of food.

Weekly hospital update

The hospital received 62 animals last week, bringing the total to 404 for this year.

Ten of the patients were baby opossums that were found still attached to the nipples of their dead mother. The whole lot was brought to the hospital where the staff carefully removed the babies. Nine of the babies have survived so far. If you find a dead opossum, check to see if there are babies in the pouch. Don’t try to remove the babies yourself, but bring the mother, with offspring still attached, to the hospital.

Welcome Our New Animal Ambassador!

The newest ambassador at Lindsay Wildlife Museum

We are happy to present the latest addition to the live collection at Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a handsome young gray fox. The fox, who has not yet been named, can be seen by the public beginning Wednesday, March 16 when the museum opens at noon. The gray fox was found as an abandoned pup in a barn in Humboldt county.  He had been raised inappropriately by someone and then taken to a rehabilitation facility. He is too accustomed to humans and is unable to be released into the wild. The fox has been in his enclosure at the museum since February 9 with the viewing window covered to allow him time to become used to his new surroundings. The gray fox is one of four fox species native to California, is nocturnal in the wild and feeds primarily on meat but also enjoys fruit. The gray fox is the only member of the dog family that can easily climb trees! Come meet our new gray fox soon.

In Memoriam

Yote in his box

By Dawn Manley, Animal Husbandry Manager

I took this picture of Yote one afternoon as I passed by his enclosure to work with some other animals. I had given him the produce box that morning as a new bed. I figured he would use it since he was partial to sleeping in small spaces, like in his plexiglass aquarium. He heard me come through the gate, and as I approached, he pulled his head out of the box and rested it on the side (as pictured). He let out a few of his usual whimpers and watched me walk by. The feeling in my heart at that moment epitomizes my relationship with him. I can’t explain in words what it is, but when you have it, you know it.

I was introduced to Yote about nine years ago, and at the time he had several keepers. In the years that followed, all of his original keepers moved on. By necessity, I assumed responsibility as lead keeper and my relationship as one of his “pack members” continued to evolve.

He was amazing to work with – so attentive and willing. I remember some early mornings when I was the first one in the building, he would start howling when he heard me come in. I loved to stand there in the dark and howl back to him from the front desk. Sometimes his howls were so emotional – loud and wild – they gave me instant goose-bumps!

Working with Yote was a gift. Although I miss him very much, I know that now he is free from his physical ailments and enjoying a freedom he never knew but very much deserved.

Year of the Volunteer

The mayor of Walnut Creek has declared this the “year of the volunteer” and asked the city’s cable TV station to do a series of videos on volunteering. Lindsay Wildlife Museum was chosen as the first organization to be featured. We asked Gemma Niermann, one of our veteran volunteers who lives in the city, to represent us.

 

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