Novalee is a Southern Flying Squirrel. She came here as an eyes-closed 3 week old baby. She was found by a dog and brought onto the "finders" porch. The finders quickly brought her to us. She was a little underweight and very hungry when she arrived. She weighed a whopping 17 grams on arrival.
Flying squirrels live in colonies, much like bats. There can be up to 20 or more flying squirrels in a colony. They are nocturnal mammals that actually glide instead of "fly" with parachute-like flaps that extend from their front feet to their back feet called patagium. These "flaps" catch air when the squirrel falls, letting it propel itself forward instead of plummeting to the ground. Flying squirrels can glide 300 feet and make 180 degree turns.
Since there was no other "colony" to successfully place Novalee with, she has remained here with us. She has been licensed through the USDA as an Educational Ambassador, and educates on the importance of wildlife mammals to our ecosystem.
Ralphie & Penelope are Virginia Opossums. Opossums are amazing animals. They have a spectacular immune system and a lower than average body temperature than that of most mammals. This means that they don't carry the standard diseases that other mammals can carry. It also means that they can withstand poisonous bites and stings that other mammals cannot. Opossums are very important to our ecosystem. They are scavengers and help to keep the roadways, forests, and neighborhoods clean by eating carrion and road-kill. They are also excellent at rodent and insect control. These are just a few of their many extraordinary benefits to our world.
Ralphie & Penelope were found by someone who came across a deceased mother opossum. The finder rescued these two from the pouch of the mother and raised them. Ralphie and Penelope suffer from a condition called Nutritional Metabolic Bone Disease, or MBD for short. MBD is a very painful and crippling disease that results from improper nutrition.
Opossums require an intricate ratio of calcium and phosphorus, which they get in the wild from the many different things they eat. Replicating this ratio in a confined setting is almost impossible.
Ralphie and Penelope were owner surrendered to us when they were around 8 months old. They have since been receiving an appropriate (as close as possible) opossum diet. They have begun showing tiny signs of improvement. They will most likely never fully recover from their condition, but our main goal is to keep them as pain-free as possible. They will remain with us for the duration of their lives and become Educational Ambassadors as well. They will educate on the importance of keeping wildlife in the wild, and on the importance of opossums in our ecosystems, our lives. and our world.
Check out this great video of our released red fox "Walnut"
"Logan" is a little gray squirrel who has had a pretty rough start to life. Watch his video and learn about his amazing story.