Since 1985, Chewonki has been home to a collection of animal ambassadors. Birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians arrive at our campus with injuries or conditions that prevent their return to the wild. After recuperating, non-releasable animals join our team of animal experts visiting schools, libraries, public & private venues across Maine to educate and inspire a life-long love of the natural world. Our teachers are extensively trained and take deep pleasure in making connections with students, and in passing on a lifelong appreciation for the value of wildlife and nature.
All of Chewonki’s resident animals are considered non-releasable for different reasons. Some were collected illegally from the wild, a few were unwanted pets, and others have permanent injuries. Whatever the case, Chewonki considers it an honor to care for these animals, and we hold State and Federal permits to possess, exhibit and teach with each of them.
Our facilities, built in 1999, include two aviary buildings housing our resident birds, and a flight cage reserved for rehabilitating wildlife. Since our animals spend a lot of time on the road, we expect that their time spent on campus should be restful. As a result, our animal homes are not designed for public display and are not open to the public. We hope we can have the opportunity to bring them to you someday!