Wildlife Care at Drumlin Farm

Please Note 

→ Do NOT bring orphaned or injured wildlife to our sanctuary ←

While some of our wildlife residents do require special care as a result of their injuries, we aren't a rehabilitation center. If you encounter an injured animal, please contact your local wildlife rehabilitator. Find a list on MassWildlife's website >


Great Horned Owl at Drumlin

Wildlife Care Center

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is unique in its position as an environmental education center, working farm, and wildlife sanctuary, which includes a collection of native wildlife on exhibit and utilized in educational programs both on and offsite to area schools and communities.

The Wildlife Care Center is a long term care facility for injured or human-habituated wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. Most of our animals are used for educational programming, and the rest are species ambassadors on display for our visitors on the farm. A team of teacher naturalists utilizes our education animals to teach about wildlife and the importance of conserving our natural world.


Wildlife Biologists Club

Teens Ages 13-17

Interested in the field of wildlife biology and caring for animals? Teens ages 13-17 can learn from our Wildlife Care staff about long-term care for our resident wildlife, including dietary requirements, husbandry practices, and animal enrichment. We'll meet monthly, October through March, with the opportunity for time to be counted towards community service requirements. Learn more >


Wildlife Care Internship

College Students & Recent Grads

The Wildlife Internship Program for college students and recent grads helps train future wildlife care specialists. Our interns learn from and assist Wildlife Care staff with the general care and maintenance of a collection of native non-releasable wildlife. Get details & apply >


Animals at the Wildlife Care Center

Drumlin Farm cares for more than 70 individuals that belong to more than 30 species of wildlife native to Massachusetts.

Education Animals

When they are not visiting thousands of schoolchildren in their classrooms each year, these animals reside at the Wildlife Care Center. This area is not open to the public. 

Some of the species housed at the Wildlife Care Center include:

American Crow European Starling
American Kestrel Great Horned Owl
American Pekin Duck Hissing Cockroaches
American Robin Mallard
Barn Owl Mice
Barred Owl Northern Bobwhite
Big Brown Bat Painted Turtle
Blue Jay Rabbits (domestic)
Box Turtle Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk Red-tailed Hawk
Call Duck Spotted Turtle
Canada Goose Striped Skunk
Common Grackle Turkey Vulture
Corn Snake Virginia Opossum
Diamondback Terrapin Wood Duck
Downy Woodpecker Woodchuck
Eastern Screech Owl  

Exhibit Animals

When you visit Drumlin Farm, you have an opportunity to see many of our native wildlife in three different exhibits: Bird Hill, Drumlin Underground, and the Deer Pen. During the winter, some of the exhibit animals "migrate" to the Wildlife Care Center where they can enjoy an artificial warmer climate. Learn more about these exhibits >

Retired Animals

Several animals have worked with us for many years, and now they are enjoying their well-deserved rest at the Wildlife Care Center, which is not open to the public. One of our retired animals is our oldest guest—a Turkey Vulture that came to the farm in 1977 as an adult. He is at least 40 years old, but might be much older.