Resident Animals

Come meet our resident animals!

Most of the animals exhibited at the Nature Center are here because they are unable to survive in the wild. Some are domesticated animals that were surrendered by their previous owners, others are injured wild animals that are now unable to hunt or escape from predators. The ANRC views these animals as ambassadors of their species and displays them in settings so visitors can appreciate their beauty, observe their behavior, and better understand their lives.

Our Animal Ambassadors

E.T., our resident Ball Python
E.T., our resident Ball Python

E.T., our Ball Python, was found slithering down the halls of the Ansonia Middle School. These snakes–native to the savannas and grasslands of Africa–have become popular pets due to their docile temperament. Many people do not know that these snakes can live up to 30 years and often end up offering them up for adoption. E.T. is a huge part of our Animal Ambassador program and frequently travels with us to events! He’s the chillest animal here, at the Nature Center!

Mary, our Great Horned Owl
Mary, our Great Horned Owl

Mary, our Great Horned Owl (aka: GHO), came to us after having a rather unfortunate encounter with a barb wire fence. One of her wings was shattered beyond mending and had to be amputated. While Mary escaped all of this with her life, having only one wing, she is non-releasable and is a permanent resident here, at the Ansonia Nature Center, and has been here for over 15 years! You can view her outdoor enclosure through a large glass window inside the Nature Center.

Red, the Screech Owl, one of our permanent, wild residents
Red, the Screech Owl, one of our permanent, wild residents

Red is a Red-Phased Screech Owl. He was found standing on a street curb, exhausted, with his left eye closed. His encounter with a car left him blind in that eye. A one-eyed owl wouldn’t last long in the wild–not only would it be very difficult for him to hunt, he’d quickly fall prey to other predators. Red’s permanent home is here, at the Nature Center.

Sebastian, our Barred Owl
Sebastian, our Barred Owl

Barred owls are one of the most common owls in CT. In the woods surrounding the Nature Center, we frequently hear them hooting. Our staff have even sighted these owls in the early morning hours! Before being brought to us by Countryside Veterinary Hospital, Sebastian had received serious head trauma and a massive break in his left wing from a collision with a car. His wing could not be saved, so this lovely, one-winged barred owl’s permanent home is here, at the Nature Center. He lives on a healthy diet of 3 frozen-thawed mice nightly, fed to him in his pine bough filled enclosure.  Sebby is a bit shy, so he doesn’t come out for a lot of programs, but when he does, his majestic presence is seldom forgotten.

Anson McFlufferson, English Angora Rabbit

Anson is a recent addition, and he is an English Angora buck (male) rabbit. His hair can be spun into wool, or felted into garments. He is not only soft, but super friendly. He comes from Ranger Dawn’s farm; one of the many fiber-producing animals there. His grooming schedule is busy! Stop by for a gentle pet and photo op during Creature Feature on Saturdays at noon.

Our other Animal Ambassadors

The Ansonia Nature Center is also home to Chuckles (a Ring necked dove), Cutie Pie (a guinea pig), a red eared slider turtle, several hundred honey bees, two small brown bats, salt water tide pool creatures, three box turtles, two anoles, and a tarantula.

Want to meet some of our animal ambassadors up close and personal? Come to our Creature Features, every Saturday at noon. It’s then that we take out all of our tame animals to be petted and held!