Two high stress California quail arrived in our clinic recently. These tiny chicks were immediately fostered out to one of our resident Animal Ambassador quail.
At Wildlife Images we have three coturnix quail which are not only used for educational purposes but also serve as foster parents. Quail are extremely susceptible to the negative effects of stress. Having a foster parent to help us raise them decreases the amount of “scary hands-on contact” they are exposed to. When paired with chicks, the foster parent moves into an enclosure off the tour path to give them as much privacy as possible. The chicks’ foster mom took to them right away. She herded them under her and nestled on top to keep them warm, safe, and comforted.
Dwayne ‘the Quail’ Johnson arrived in January. The two females arrived this spring – which made Dwayne a very happy guy.
Wildlife Images recognizes the important role foster parents play. After all, we’ve had several of our own foster parents here! Fostering is a wonderful way to help wild babies learn traits and behaviors that are specific to their species. It can also be comforting for animals who tend to get stressed during their stay at Wildlife Images.
That’s why we have just added a special discount for foster families. More than 450 children in Josephine County spent time in foster care last year. To support those kids and the families who welcome them with open arms it takes a whole community, which is why Wildlife Images is happy to do its part! All children in a foster family qualify for 50% admission. Parents will need to show their foster care license to guest services. This discount is not valid for online bookings and cannot be combined with any other offer.