Return to the Wild

Learn about native animals at one of the state’s biggest wildlife rehab centers

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has been working round-the-clock to save the lives of injured native animals in the Shenandoah Valley for the better part of a quarter-century. The team of full-time and volunteer techs and veterinarians take in hundreds of wounded animals each year from local residents, game wardens, police, and animal control professionals. They perform emergency surgeries, patch them up, and nurse them back to health so they can return to the wild, or live out their days at a partner rescue shelter.

But the center does more than rehabs—it also offers an array of educational classes and opportunities for the public. Daily wildlife walks and tours introduce visitors to the facility and ambassador species like striped skunk, eastern screech owl, Virginia opossum, and wood turtle. Themed events like “Fantastic Foxes!” carry participants deep into the world and daily lives of wildlife.  BlueRidgeWildlifeCtr.org


This article originally appeared in the Best of Virginia 2024 issue.

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