MAKING A NEW LIFE
Disabled animals that can no longer survive on their own in the wild get to find a new purpose. It's a second chance!
Becoming an Ambassador
All wildlife ambassadors at Back to the Wild are animals who have suffered tragic injuries. These injuries have left them permanently disabled and unable to survive on their own in the wild. While our goal is to always return these beautiful creatures back to their true homes, we are honored to give those who can never again be free a second chance at our center. We do not name our ambassadors as they belong to the wild, not to us. Their spirits can never truly be tamed.
Talk about motivational. This bald eagle came to us in 2003 during a serious outbreak of West Nile Virus (WNV). The virus killed thousands of birds across the USA. Amazingly, our bald eagle ambassador not only survived the deadly disease, she learned to thrive despite the greatly impaired vision it left her with.
Did you know it takes bald eagles 5 years to get a white head and tail feathers?
Another one of our few non-native ambassadors, our Arctic fox has been hard at work teaching people why exotic animals don't make good pets.
Did you know that Arctic foxes can withstand temperatures of -50 degrees F without breaking out in so much as a shiver? Now that's one cool fox.
Sorry, couldn't resist a pun!
This owl was rescued as a young owl. He had been hit by a car while learning to fly on his own and fend for himself. The impact caused this wonderful animal to lose vision in his right eye due to damage to his retina. Despite his injuries, he does a great job helping us teach thousands of people every year!