The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana receives approximately 1,800 wildlife cases each year. We treat these animals at no cost to the Good Samaritans who bring them to us, and our goal is to release them back into the wild (our release rate is approximately 44 percent). Before the animals are released, they must be in good health, and they must demonstrate that they can hunt. There are times when we cannot release the animals because they would not be able to survive. In these rare cases where the animal is in good health but cannot hunt and thus sustain itself, we keep the bird at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Our resident raptors help educate veterinary students and the community about the importance of wildlife conservation.
The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana (WHL) is dependent on donations to care for our resident raptors that are an integral part of our educational program. On average, it costs approximately $5000.00 per year to feed and care for our residents. You can be an integral part of the care of these birds by making a donation to our Adopt a Bird program. By adopting one of our residents for a small annual fee you will be helping to feed and care for our feathered friends.
For more information on how you can support the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana, please contact Tracy Evans, Senior Director of Development, at 225-578-9870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Resident Raptors
Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Diet in wild: Small mammals, amphibians, and insects
Habitat: Forests, especially near bodies of water and areas with little human activity
Native range: Eastern North America during the summer, migrate in flocks of thousands (called "kettles") to South America in winter
Year arrived at WHL: 2014
Reason for residency at WHL: Fractured radius and ulna in her right wing; after surgery a large bony callus formed which limits her range of motion in that wing
Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Diet in wild: Mammals, birds, reptiles, carrion
Habitat: Desert, scrublands, grasslands, roadsides, fields and pastures, broken woodland
Native range: Throughout continental North America
Year arrived at WHL: 2013
Reason for residency at WHL: Trauma to wing resulting in inability to fly
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Diet in the wild: mostly insects, but will also eat small birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals
Habitat: Wooded streams or swamps; groves, and shelterbelts.
Native Range: Southeast United States, prairies of Oklahoma and Texas. Migration to south America during late fall through the winter
Year arrived at WHL: 2016
Reason for residency: imprinted on humans
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Diet in the wild: Small mammals including mice and rodents. Will also eat smaller birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Habitat: Widespread throughout North America. Prefers dense, thick woods or swamps with minimal clearings.
Year arrived at WHL: 2016
Reason for residency: Nutmeg is blind in one eye and has a wing injury that does it allow him to fly.