Your sponsorship of an Education Ambassador animal will help us provide food, housing, enrichment, and health care for our permanent resident animals.
Sponsorship Level: Adopt a WildCare Education Ambassador yourself, or give a gift to that special person in your life for only $150. Choose your own adventure with a natural connection. Contact us for more info.
Advocate Level: Groups often like to do fundraisers in honor of the ambassador with proceeds that go beyond the sponsorship level. New wild orphans will be arriving this spring with an average of $65 per animal to care for.
Both levels receive:
- 8X10 color photograph of their ambassador
- Certificate suitable for framing
- Endearing letter from ambassador
- Photo shoot with the adopted ambassador
Artemis: This gorgeous American Crow was brought into WildCare in May of 2012. She imprinted on humans at a very early age and is non-releasable because of this. She tries hard to communicate with her WildCare family and is learning to speak to visitors. Artemis has an important story to tell, to help educate people about imprinting and how a rescue can have accidental negative impact on a young bird.
Athena: Our Great Horned Owl ambassador was found as an abandoned baby in the spring of 2013. Due to a congenital defect, her right eye was not developing normally and her beak was not aligned, causing it to overgrow. A bird with a beak like Athena’s would not survive in the wild, so her parents likely had to devote resources instead to her healthier siblings. Since Athena’s cross-bill was too severe to be corrected, she found a permanent home as a WildCare ambassador in the fall of 2013, and she serves as an ambassador for Indiana’s largest native owl species.
Kenna: This beautiful Red-tailed Hawk has been with us at WildCare since 2011. Kenna had a rough start to his life in captivity; he was brought in with a gunshot wound to his wing. He is flighted, but it was determined in rehabilitation that he is not capable of attaining the altitude that he would need in order to survive in the wild. This bird is full of personality and has been given a second chance to educate people about the importance of protecting and respecting raptors in the wild.
River: This smart and talkative Wood Duck was housed with chickens for the first weeks of her life and is non-releasable due to the fact that she imprinted on chickens and humans. She entertains audiences with her playful antics and has amazed us with her intelligence and problem-solving abilities.
Tortuga: This Eastern Box Turtle was brought to us after she was hit by a car, an injury that left part of her shell missing. Without a completely intact shell, Tortuga would be unable to protect herself in the wild. Since 2009, she has been an excellent ambassador for her species and its protection. Tortuga enjoys living with our other Eastern Box Turtle ambassadors, Clementine and Monaco. Blueberries are one of her favorite treats!
Valentino: Our very first ambassador, a European Barn Owl named Valentino, came to WildCare in 2002. Valentino’s parents were smuggled into this country to be illegally sold as pets. Once they were rescued, they were legally unable to be returned or released, so they were given a permanent home together at the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri, where they raised many young European Barn Owls like Valentino to be ambassadors at facilities around the country. Valentino’s species is very similar to Indiana’s native barn owl species, the American Barn Owl. American Barn Owls are critically endangered in the state of Indiana, and Valentino helps us teach people about what we can all do to help protect Barn Owls and other raptors.
Yindi: Our Woma Python ambassador entrances audiences with her bright yellow face. Woma Pythons are not native to North America – they are commonly found in the deserts of Western Australia – but Yindi is similar in shape and size to our Black Rat Snakes and helps teach the public to identify the snakes around them.