• Meet our White-Tailed Deer:

    Nature’s Classroom has three female deer. These three deer have always been kept in managed care and therefore have become reliant on humans to survive.

    Did you know?

    -Only the males grow antlers.

    -They can run up to 30 miles per hour.

    -They can use their white tails to communicate with others.

    White Tailed Deer


    Meet our Coyote

    Our coyote came to us from another wildlife facility.

    Did you know? 

    -They can hunt solo or in groups.

    - Can run up to 40 miles per hour.

    -Can live in many different habitats (rural areas, deserts, and even your own neighborhood.) 

    Coyote


    Meet our American Alligator

    Our alligator was considered a nuisance alligator. Nuisance means that they can be a threat to humans.

    Did you know? 

    -The temperature of the egg incubation determines if the alligator will be a male or female.

    - Osteoderms are bony structures on their backs that aid in temperature regulation.

    -Create small ponds called “Gator Holes” with their strong bodies. These holes create critical water sources for many animals.

    Alligator


    Meet our Bobcat

    Our bobcat was rescued as a cub when she got stuck in a wire fence.

    Did you Know?

    -Bobcat’s have “false eyes” located on the back of their ears.

    -Their tails have a short “bobbed” appearance, hence their name, Bobcats.

    -We love to give our bobcat snakeskin as a form of enrichment (anything that allows animals to do their natural behaviors.)

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    Meet Our Black Bear

    Our Black Bear came to us from Orlando. Unfortunately, we do not know a lot about her history.

    Did you Know?

    -Black Bears are omnivores (they eat meat and plants.)

    -Their nose is 100 times more powerful than humans!

    -Can climb trees with their long-curved claws.

    Bear


    Meet our Great Horned Owl

    Our owl was rescued after she broke her femur bone.

    Did you know?

    -They aren’t actual horns on their heads, they are tufts of feathers.

    -Owls have a silent flight which helps them when hunting.

    -Owls can rotate their heads about 270 degrees. This is because they have 14 bones in their neck. (We only have 7.)

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    Meet our Racoons

    Our racoons came to us because they were separated from their mother at a young age and unfortunately wouldn’t have been able to survive without human intervention.

    Did you know?

    -They have five fingers, but no opposable thumbs.

    -They can rotate their ankles 180 degrees so that they can climb down trees headfirst.

    - They have omnivores (eats both plants and meat.)

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    Meet our Red Tailed-Hawk

    This hawk was rescued after it had an eye injury. She only has one working eye.

    Did you know?

    -Hawks are carnivores eating small mammals like rats and squirrels.

    -Hawks can dive up to 120 miles per hour.

    -Red-tailed Hawks are the largest hawks.

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    Meet our Turkey Vulture 

    Our Turkey Vulture was rescued after a wing injury.

    Did you know?

    -Vultures are scavengers. They eat deceased animal carcasses.

    -They have an excellent sense of smell, so they can smell rotting meat.

    -They have short, hooked beaks to rip apart meat.

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    Meet our Skunk

    We are home to one chocolate skunk, named Hershey

    Did you Know?

    -Their smelly spray, called musk can go as far as fifteen feet away!

    -Skunks are nocturnal.

    -Skunks typically spend their day time hours sleeping in their dens that they have built underground. 

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    Meet our Mississippi Kite

    This Kite has become habituated to humans.

    Did you know?

    -Mississippi Kites are graceful fliers that like to swoop, glide, and circle looking for prey.

    -They will migrate in flocks to South America in the winter.

    -Likes to dine on a variety of insects.

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    Meet our Swallow-tailed Kite

    This Kite can no longer fly due to a life-sustaining injury.

    Did you know?

    -These Kites migrate to Florida during their breeding season.

    -They have a deeply forked tail, allowing them to be graceful fliers.

    -They eat their prey while flying, rarely perching during the day. 

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    Meet Our Bald Eagle

    Our Bald Eagle's name is Sunny. She is only two years old. She came to us because she had become habituated.

    Did you know?

    -An eagle's wingspan can be up to eight feet long.

    -The females will be bigger and heavier than males.

    -The eagle has been the USA's national emblem since 1782.

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