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Ambassador Adoptions

Need a gift for that person who has everything? Adopt one or more of our Educational Ambassadors! Choose one of our five owls, a Kestrel, a Gopher Tortoise, a Box Turtle, a Red-shouldered Hawk, or our Red Rat Snake and help provide food, training, housing, and medical care.

Adoptive parents will receive:

  • A photograph and biography of their animal
  • A certificate of adoption
  • A fact sheet about the species

*This is a symbolic adoption. Possession of and responsibility for the animal does not pass to the adoptive parent. The animals will continue to reside at Florida Wildlife Hospital in compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for receipt of your adoption package.

Gonzo

Eastern Screech Owl

Gonzo came to FWH as a fledgling with a broken wing in 2003. Unfortunately, the break left him permanently unable to fly. Gonzo was an amazing ambassador but in the past few years, he has been enjoying the retired life. However, Gonzo still helps staff care for and raise all of the baby screech owls that are admitted.

Corey

Barn Owl

Corey was found with his 4 siblings in a buildling being demolished. It was noticed that Corey was missing his right wing, most likely a birth defect, and would never be able to be released. After his 4 siblings were released, Corey came to FWH in 2011 as a permant resident and is a wonderful ambassador for his species.

Eleanor

Barred Owl

Eleanor is our oldest ambassador, yet her age is unknown. She was found in the wild, as an adult, with a wing injury that had healed improperly and left her grounded. She was taken to another rehabilitator and served as an ambassador for several years. When that person left the area, Eleanor came to FWH for permanent residence. She now enjoys the retired life after many years as an ambassador.

Kona

Barred Owl

Kona was admitted to FWH in 2004 as a young owl. She had suffered nerve and tendon damage on her left wing after being caught in monofilament fishing line and a fishing hook. As an ambassador, Kona is a prime example of the dangers fishing line and hooks play on our local wildlife.

Owliver

Great Horned Owl

In 2007, Owliver was admitted to FWH with a broken wing which he received while still in the nest. When his siblings fledged, Owliver was found on the ground, unable to fly. Since then, he has been loved by so many for his wonderful temperment and ability to show the beauty of our local wildlife as an animal ambassador.

Bella

American Kestrel

Bella arrived at FWH in 2009. The sassiest of all the ambassadors, this little Kestrel is small but mighty. Bella is the unfortuante outcome of someone illegally keeping her as a pet causing her to imprint on humans from a young age. Bella is fully flighted but lacks the ability to hunt or interact with other Kestrels, leaving her unable to survive on her own.

Carolina

FL Box Turtle

Similar to Bella’s story, Carolina was kept as a pet by someone who found her very young. Unfamiliar with her species, Carolina was improperly housed and fed causing her to have developmental abnormalities. Her shell never properly formed, due to being kept in water, leaving her unable to survive in the wild. Box turtles are a land species and only go into water for drinking or cooling off. Carolina has been with FWH since 2010.

Lt. Dan

Gopher Tortoise

Lt. Dan was brought to FWH in 2010 by FL Fish and Wildlife after being found in a house where the tenants had just been evicted. One of his front legs had been amputated and healed, so it is unknown how he received the injury. Gopher Tortoises are a protected species and must be able to dig burrows to be able to be released.

Quinn

Red-shouldered Hawk

Quinn is our newest ambassador, arriving back in 2015 with a foot injury he received while still in the nest. This injury left him without 3 of his toes on one foot. Since RSH’s use their feet to hunt, he would have never successfully been able to survive on his own.

Copper

Red Rat Snake

Copper was an educational ambassador animal at another facility before coming to FWH in 2011. When she arrived, she was still small and young. Today, Copper measures in at just over 5.5 ft. long and has a gentle personality making her an ideal ambassador for her species!

*Photos provided by FWH staff, Phillip Prichard, and John Gardiner

Ambassador Adoptions

Need a gift for that person who has everything? Adopt one or more of our Educational Ambassadors! Choose one of our five owls, a Kestrel, a Gopher Tortoise, a Box Turtle, a Red-shouldered Hawk or our Red Rat Snake and help provide food, training, housing, and medical care.

Adoptive parents will receive:

  • A photograph and biography of their animal
  • A certificate of adoption
  • A fact sheet about the species

*This is a symbolic adoption. Possession of and responsibility for the animal does not pass to the adoptive parent. The animals will continue to reside at Florida Wildlife Hospital in compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for receipt of your adoption package.