Ambassador Animals


  • Female
  • Barn Owl
  • Athena came to WCA in late summer of 2011.  Homeowners were doing yard work when the bird showed up and started following them around, which is not normal behavior for any wild animal.  It was evident the bird had been tamed by someone, had probably escaped, and was hungry, so she went to her normal source for food – humans.  When it was determined that she was not releasable, WCA obtained the permits to keep her as an educational animal.


  • Female
  • Screech Owl
  • 6+ years
  • Caesar is a Screech Owl who came to Wildlife Care Association in the early spring of 2007 as an owlet. She was originally thought to be a boy, until she laid an egg in 2010. She is blind in her left eye and is not releasable.


  • Female
  • Leucistic (white) Crow
  • Ivory is a leucistic (white) Crow who was brought to WCA in May, 2006. Her ivory coloring is a rare mutation in birds, and rarely does an all-white bird survive in the wild plus crows depend on their solid black coloration for night time camouflage. Ivory would not have survived in the wild.


  • Female
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Nala is a Great Horned Owl. We have had her for 13 years and she is approximately 15+ years old. She has a broken wing from being trapped in barbed-wire fencing. Aside from doing educational programs at schools, she also surrogates orphaned baby Great Horned Owls.


  • Male
  • Yellow Magpie
  • Peanut came to WCA several years ago as a tame Magpie.  A well-meaning member of the public found her as a fledgling and decided to raise the bird on their own. Unfortunately the bird was over-handled and also not taught the necessary skills needed to survive in the wild, including communication with other Magpies and foraging for food. Due to the fact that she was tame and did not have necessary skills to survive on her own, WCA applied for the necessary permits to keep her as an educational animal.


  • Female
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Tana is a Burrowing Owl who came to WCA on October 30th, 2010 with a fractured shoulder and elbow. After several veterinary exams and numerous x-rays, it was clear that her wing was broken and would not heal correctly. Since she could not fly, she was deemed un-releasable. Tana got her name from the Italian word for “burrow” or “den.”


  • Male
  • Opossum
  • Bubba, the Virginia Opossum, passed away in April 2013. He was one of WCA’s newest Ambassador Animals and was just over two years old. He died of natural causes, as they typically only live 2-4 years. He was a great addition to the education team, and his mellow demeanor and sweet personality made him a favorite at the presentations he attended. Bubba will be greatly missed.


  • Male
  • American Crow
  • Charlie is an American Crow who was picked-up by a farmer and raised as a pet. Because Charlie had been “imprinted” by humans, he did not know the skills it took to survive in the wild so he could not be released. Charlie passed away in 2010.


  • Male
  • California Quail
  • Chicago is a California Qual who was found with a broken leg in someone’s garage. He was brought to WCA for rehabilitating, and volunteers found he was much tamer than most injured quails, and therefore not releasable. The standard call of the Quail is “chee-cah-go”, which is why he is named Chicago. Sadly, he has since passed away.


  • Female
  • Screech Owl
  • Kenni is a Screech Owl who came to WCA in 2000. She was found on the ground bloody and near death, a victim of human development causing loss of habitat. Due to the severe head trauma Kenni suffered, her optic nerve was permanently damaged and she was completely blind, and unable to be back into the wild. Kenni was a surrogate mother to many baby screech owls that WCA took in each year, raising as many as 20 owlets in one season. She did an incredible job. Kenni passed away in August 2006.


  • Female
  • Yellow-Billed Magpie
  • Noah is a yellow-billed Magpie who was brought to WCA by agents of California Department Fish & Wildlife after they confiscated her from a temporary shelter in 1996. Noah had been taken from her nest before her eyes were open and made a pet, and was therefore “imprinted” by humans and could not be released. Noah passed away in 2010.