Live Animal Care
The Live Animal Center is home to more than 100 animals, representing approximately 50 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Over 90 percent of these animals are either nonreleasable, rehabilitated wildlife or unwanted exotic pets that cannot survive in the wild and are in need of long-term care. The Academy provides them with food, shelter, veterinary care, and environmental enrichment. In return, these animals form an integral component of our educational programs, serving as ambassadors to the fascinating worlds of nature and wildlife. Volunteers assist the keepers in the day-to-day care of the live animal collection (cage cleaning, food preparation, etc.), as well as the maintenance of the center (washing windows, doing laundry, etc.). It's a lot of hard work but an exceptional learning opportunity. Internships for college students pursuing careers with animals are also available.