Rehabilitated Wildlife Visit Daniel Boone Park

Wildlife Ambassadors from the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC, visited the Daniel Boone Park on August 8th before the Horn in the West performance. Kids and adults alike were very excited to be able to visit, and even touch, these beautiful creatures.

The Center annually admits more than 1,500 injured and orphaned wildlife patients from the western part of North Carolina. Some of these patients are orphans who have lost a parent or left the nest too soon. Others have suffered more severe injuries that require complex medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care. In every case, each patient is evaluated individually and a suitable treatment plan is determined. Regardless of species, staff and students aim to provide outstanding care for every patient that comes through the doors.

Under the guidance of Director Nina Fischesser and veterinarian Dr. Amber McNamara, students simultaneously contribute to the success of the rehabilitation program while engaging in a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning experience.  Open 365 days per year, students comprise a large portion of the rehabilitative operations at the Center. Over the course of their training at Lees-McRae, they learn and then implement all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, eventually becoming mentors to younger students.

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