Non-Releasable Due to Injury

What does it mean?

Animals may become injured when they are in the wild and then are taken to a rehabilitation center. Those that are not able to be re-released to the wild may be used in zoos or museums for education purposes.

Non-Releasable Due to Injury


Unfortunately, many animals are the victim to injuries and accidents every day. Some wild animals are able to be taken to a rehabilitation center were they are provided care and treatment based on their needs. While the goal is always to return an animal to the wild, this is not always possible. The animal may have lose it vision, no longer be able to fly, or have a disease that requires on-going medical treatment. The Mill Mountain Zoo has taken some of these animals so we can teach our community about the species, but also assure the animal remains safe and receives the care it needs.

Adult Bald Eagles have dark brown feathers covering their body. The feathers on the head and tail are white. They have a distinctive yellow beak and feet. Immature bald eagles are mostly brown and with some mottled white, they develop their adult coloring at around the age of 5 years old.

Raccoons have black fur around their eyes, a dense gray coat, and their tails are ringed with black and gray stripes. The five toes on a raccoon’s front paws are extremely dexterous like fingers and allow them to grasp and manipulate food and other objects, including doorknobs, jars, and latches. Their long, bushy tail helps with balance and serves various functions, such as aiding in swimming and climbing.

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