The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) AWC Visitor Education Center re-opens to the public today after being closed for two months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of new safety measures are being implemented to protect visitors, staff and the Animal Ambassadors featured in the Visitor Center. Detailed information can be found here. Note that all staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks.
“We know there is a possibility of spreading COVID-19 from human to animal,” said Alison Charney Hussey, executive director for CROW. “Since our Animal Ambassadors cannot wear masks, we ask that you wear yours to keep them and youself safe while visiting us.”
The live animal exhibits in the AWC Visitor Center shed light on the impact humans can have on a landscape, including the introduction of exotic species. Ambassadors featured as part of Center include invasive reptiles like Tokay Geckos, Cane Toads and a Ball Python along with native species such as an Eastern Indigo Snake and an American Alligator.
Children’s exhibits have been modified to allow for social distancing and for surfaces to be easily cleaned and sanitized. For the time being, live presentations and Wildlife Walk guided hospital tours will not be offered. Visitors will still be able to view live feed cameras of the wildlife hospital and rehabilitation areas, which has continued to provide care for injured, sick and orphaned native and migratory wildlife throughout the pandemic.
The AWC Visitor Education Center will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details regarding CROW’s re-opening plan, visit www.CROWClinic.org or call 239-472-3644.