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 is ILLEGAL to keep wildlife or rehabilitate without the proper permits and training in Texas and Louisiana.
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.
Little Foot, aVirginia Opossum, came into rehab but never developed her natural defenses and preferred human contact. The other rehab possums attacked her and bit the end of her tail off so she was removed and placed into the education department due to her demeanor. She is the most gentle and sweetest possum we have ever met.
Roxy, Opuntia, Scarlett, Panchita and Timmy are Threatened Texas Tortoises. Roxy 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.
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 descentedStriped 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.
Ali, aMexican 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.
Isa is a Green Iguana. Her species is found in South America. She is a pet surrender brought to SWR by San Antonio Animal Care Services. She is about 4 feet long.
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.
William is anOrnate 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.
We also have Angus, Batman, Penny and Sage,Mexican Freetailed Bats.
We have Doozie, a Northern Yellow Bat,who lost her wing due to hitting an outdoor ceiling fan and Angel, an Albino Evening Bat, who had been knocked down during a wind storm and then swept up as trash accidentally.
Angus (pictured) 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.
Baby Blue came in as a surrendered pet. He is a Grand Cayman Blue Iguana which an endangered species with only about 750 left in the wild.
Located in San Antonio, Texas