connecting to nature

Mammals

 

MAMMAL PHOTOS

N. American porcupineALFAFA EINSTEIN QUILLIAM III, N. American porcupine

Alfalfa is a male porcupine that came from a wildlife facility in Wisconsin. Contrary to popular myth, porcupines cannot ‘shoot’ their quills. The second largest rodent in the US, porcupines have few natural predators. Humans propose the largest threat, as these animals frequently fall victim to road traffic. Alfalfa serves as a reminder of the need to understand our wildlife and the effect that we have on it. Alfalfa is one of the few non-predators housed here, but he has over 30,000 reasons why no one questions him!

Born: 6/2/2009, Arrived: 9/2/2009

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N. American porcupinePRICKLES, N. American porcupine

Prickles is a female North American Porcupine that came from a wildlife facility in Wisconsin to become a companion for Alfalfa. Her inquisitive personality and mischievous antics make her a favorite at our education programs where she represents the second largest rodent in North America.

Born: 3/17/12    Arrived: 4/22/12

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N. American river otterQUILL, African Porcupine

Misu, a female River Otter was caught in a leg hold trap causing severe damage. She was broug 

Born: 6/1/1997, Arrived: 4/13/1998

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opossumFOSSILOpossum

Fossil was found in the pouch of her mother, who was killed by a car accident, in Ohio. Because she was the only baby that survived and she needed to be tube-fed every 2-4 hours, Fossil unfortunately became imprinted on humans. She plays an important role as an educational ambassador, as her species is the

only marsupial in North America.

Born: 4/1/2007, Arrived: 7/27/2007

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striped skunkFLINT, Striped Skunk

This male Striped Skunk was captive bred and sent to Hawk Creek to join our education team. Due to their smelly defense tactics, and their intelligence helping them get into mischief, skunks are often very misunderstood neighbors! Flint teaches people about the importance of skunks and how we can live in harmony with them.

Born:  5/5/2010      Arrived:  6/28/2010

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trakehnerBABOO, Dromedary Camel

Aquila was acquired as a companion for a retired show horse. Raising Aquila has made us rethink the myth that horses are not

 

 

 

swift foxFOREST, Fisher

Tacoma is a captive-born male Swift Fox. He came to Hawk Creek from Jarod Miller of Animal Exploration on ABC. Due to indiscriminate wolf and coyote trapping and poisoning, these small 

Born: 4/1/2009, Arrived: 9/9/2009

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gray foxDAKOTA, Gray Fox

Dakota is a captive-born male gray fox that arrived from another wildlife educational facility in Illinois. Slightly smaller than the red fox, gray foxes are exceptional climbers that will frequently climb into a tree to escape an approaching predator. Foxes have traditionally been labeled a pest animal, and were considered a threat to livestock. However, studies have shown that the threat of fox predation on livestock is low, with the gray foxes’ diet consisting mostly of cottontails and small rodents.

Born: 4/18/2009, Arrived: 9/2/2009

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