In addition, SWR loves insects. We have a variety of tarantulas and love to talk about the benefit of insects to our environment and gardens.
Ajax is a Gulf Coast Toad. You can see his cousins in your yard eating pesky insects. He loves to meet people. In March of 2016, San Antonio, Texas and the outlying areas had a major hail storm with soft ball sized hail. Ajax lived in the yard of a man in Pleasanton, Texas for years. After the storm, the man saw Ajax had a severe leg injury. He was brought to SWR and had to have his leg amputated. He cannot be safely released so he lives at SWR so people can learn more and love his species.
Mindy and her brother, Mork (not pictured) came in as babies to SWR. Mork was the runt and had endocrine issues causing growth and development problems as well as Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD). Mindy developed hypoglycemia and MBD. It is thought their mother was poisoned and only these two siblings developed problems, the rest were released into the wild.
Pepe is a descented Striped Skunk that is older than his friends Max and Olivia, who are not descented. All would love to come talk to you about how skunks are very important for a clean urban environment.
The non-releasable animals of SWR are not pets. They are permitted animals that did not rehabilitate but still are able to have a comfortable quality of life in captivity. They must go through vigorous veterinarian testing and approval and several permitting processes in order to allow us to keep these animals in captivity to use for education. The volunteer staff of SWR has received all their vaccinations including a pre-exposure rabies vaccine in which they maintain a titer to ensure they are protected even though all our non-releasable rabies vector species are also vaccinated.
It isILLEGAL to keep wildlife or rehabilitate without the proper permits and training.
Ariel, a Virginia Opossum, came into the rehab facility with 8 of her siblings. They had been attacked by a dog and flies laid eggs almost immediately. Ariel had fly eggs all over her body and in her eyes which were just opening. All her siblings passed away. Ariel did not develop the natural defenses like a normal opossum would. After an intensive vet examination it was discovered her corneas are damaged (although they appear bright in the picture). She relies on the staff of SWR to care for her.
Harvey the Hoary Bat showed up in Houston a few weeks after Hurricane Harvey. He had a dislocated elbow and nerve damage on one of his wings preventing him from using the wing to fly.
Ali, a Mexican Fox Squirrel, came in to rehab after a fall and being attacked by dogs. He lost half his tail and has walking issues due to permanent neurological damage. He is a very happy fellow that would love to teach people about the benefits of squirrels.
Checkers is a baby Checkered Garter Snake. He is very friendly and likes people
Romashka, Russian for "Chamomile", is a Russian Tortoise. She is either a dumped or escaped pet found in a dangerous situation at a park. She had been in the wild for many years and came in with a lot of vitamin deficiencies. We will never know the true story of Romashka, but she is a very happy tortoise now.
William is an Ornate Box Turtle, not a tortoise. He was mailed by dogs and healed well. He is a very big personality for such a small little guy. He would love to come educate folks about what a heart breaker he is.
Roxy is an Threatened Texas Tortoise. She came in in extremely bad condition. She was obviously illegally kept as a pet and painted. She also appeared to be severely mauled and is missing all her toes and parts of her shell. She also had a very large infected abcess. She is doing very well now and will live out her life at SWR providing education not to harass or abuse her sentient species.
We also have Angus and Radar, Mexican Freetailed Bats.
Radar (in the background) came in covered in roofing tar and was burned by the tar. She was running around an HEB parking lot asking for help, but people kicked her around. The tar burned the tips of all her fingers in her wings. She will never be able to fly and is now a permanent resident and educational ambassador.
Angus was at the Quarry Mall and people were taking pictures of him instead of getting him help. He had a broken wing and was on the ground. Two sweet ladies from El Paso, Tx broke through the crowd and put Angus in a box and got him to Bat World Alamo. Unfortunately, his wing had to be amputated and is now an educational ambassador for SWR.
Isa came in as a surrendered pet at 3 1/2 feet long. She is a Green Iguana which is indigenous to Central and South America.