The ultimate goal of wildlife rehabilitation is always to return animals to the natural ecosystem where they belong. However, some of our patients aren’t fit for release, and are dependent on human care for life. These very special animals get to live out their days here at For Fox Sake, where they help us teach the public about native wildlife.
Our presentations are custom-created for each audience and age group, and can cover a wide variety of topics including humane coexistence with wildlife, native Tennessee ecology, apex predator appreciation, how to help a wild animal in need, myths and misconceptions, and more!
We are fully licensed and fully insured as wildlife exhibitors and wildlife educators and look forward to sharing our love of the natural world with you.
Although our ambassadors are very tame, they are still wild animals at heart and are not pets. For the safety of our ambassadors and you, our animals may not be pet or handled by the public.
We love and respect service animals and the work they provide. However, due to the nature of our programs, service animals cannot be present. The presence of dogs agitates and stresses our ambassadors, creating unsafe conditions for ourselves and our audience, and would fundamentally alter the audience experience.
It’s suitable that T’challa has a superhero’s name, because he also has a superhero’s backstory! When T’challa was only a few days old, a raptor captured him and carried him away for dinner. By some miracle, the bird dropped him in the driveway of someone who knew he needed help.
As one might expect, being dropped on the head as a baby made T’challa “special.” He has developmental delays and never developed the wild instincts he needed to survive in the natural world, and he developed an unusual attachment and bond to humans. We’re sad that this little fellow can’t return to the wild, but he’s a wonderful ambassador for his species and is absolutely adored here at For Fox Sake!
Eastern Box Turtle
Ever see a turtle with a prosthetic butt? Sonnet is sure to amaze! This beautiful Eastern box turtle lost about one fifth of her shell to injury and disease before being rescued at For Fox Sake. She was very uncomfortable and stressed because she couldn’t retract her entire body into her shell, and the very sensitive skin on her rear end was constantly exposed.
We solved this problem by getting Sonnet a custom-made 3D printed shell piece. She is happier and in better spirits with her upgrade, but she can never return to the wild because it will need adjustment over the course of her life.
Sonnet is now a very friendly and outgoing turtle who loves earthworms, raspberries, and burrowing in her outdoor habitat. She would love to meet you and share her story!
Eastern Box Turtle
Fable survived horrific abuse at the hands of some very cruel and careless people, but her story ends with “happily ever after.” She was held captive for years by people who painted her shell in dozens of layers of paint and fingernail polish. It had caused serious damage to the structure of her shell over time and undoubtedly caused her serious long-term stress.
When her abusers grew tired of her, they jammed her into rocks on a cliff face, where people later found her and worked as a team to pry her out. She was injured in the process. Although the ultimately recovered from the injuries to her shell, and we were eventually able to safely remove the paint, she can never be returned to the wild.
A box turtle can only be released exactly where it was originally found, because it will otherwise spend its entire life trying to get home (and will almost always die in the process). We don’t know where Fable originally came from, so she has to remain in human care for life. We hope she can help teach people about the importance of compassion for wildlife!