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Review for Red Creek Wildlife Center Inc, Schuykl Havn, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a vet assistant, the clinic I worked at treated injured wildlife before sending them on to rehab at Red Creek. Our clients often kept tabs on the outcome of the animals/birds. It was always good to hear when another animal got released back into the wild. I even had the joy of seeing a hawk fly off to the tree tops.

I had gone back to school and took up writing when I decided to do an article on Red Creek Wildlife Center. Peggy and Morey introduced me to wildlife that the center used for educational shows--they were unable to return to the wild because of injuries. One in particular ended up being the focus of my story--a Lynx that had been kept as a pet and severely beaten. She would have died if Red Creek hadn't gotten her when they did. Her rehab was a long process of gradual improvements both psychologically and physically. Peggy and Morey fought to keep this cat alive and to bring her former owner to justice. The big cat eventually came to trust and thrive in her new home. She even allowed me to take pictures. There were other animals that I included in my story, but not as compelling as that of the Lynx at that time.

Red Creek doesn't just rehab wildlife, they provide a trust of life. They work with people to educate them about wildlife. Their lives are the wildlife.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had helped treat an owl that had it's wing pinned and after it healed, a newspaper did an article on its release into the wild. I've seen one of the center's educational shows using wildlife that could not be released because of injuries, but were saved for their value in education or being surrogate parents as in the case of Gabby the owl.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Peggy and Morey's experience and knowledge is valuable, but they won't live forever. I would love to see their dreams of expanding into a full educational center for others to carry on their work. People just don't realize how much they affect wildlife and their habitats. People need to be educated; we need centers like Red Creek. I would find ways to fund this center's vision.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I assisted in the treatment of the wildlife dropped off at the vet clinic before sending them to rehab. I also wrote an article for a class assignment about the center. .