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2011 September-100 Acre Wood
On Saturday, September 24 The Brooksville Garden Club took its first field trip of the 2011 Fall Season at 100 Acre Wood. 100 Acre Wood is a Wildlife Rehabilitation facility and it operated by Linda Christian and her community volunteer workers. Linda's mission is to rescue, nurse and release back into the wild as many of the injured and orphaned animals that are left in her care.
Linda is very proud of her her work and her rescue facility and loves to give everyone a personal guided tour of the animals and grounds. Linda would like to hold more informative camps for school children, but at present, she doesn't have the time or resources.
The reason Linda cannot hold more camps for children is because 100 Acre Wood is supported largely by income from Linda's job with Hernando County Animal Services and what donations she can garner from people and groups like our own Brooksville Garden Club.
100 Acre Wood is home to many exotic birds, parrots, cockatiels and the like that over the years have been abandoned by their owners and in some cases outlived them. Some of these parrots live 75 years or more.

You only have to watch Linda interact with these birds for a short time to understand the deep affection Linda and the birds have for each other.

They greet each other like long time friends and some of them even talk to her. It was amazing to watch the interaction between them.

Each bird has a name to which it responds to and Linda said some of them even mimic her British accent.
100 Acre Wood is also home to several giant tortoises. Linda has a story for how each one came to stay under her care. You would be surprised at how many of these animals came from ordinary private citizens in the county. She said one man had four of these giant tortoises roaming around his yard until the day came when he could no longer take care of them.
 

Quite often these tortoises and turtles that have come to live here cannot be released back into the wild because they have spent their entire lives being raised in captivity and to reintroduce them into the wild would almost with certainty lead to their death.

Birds.........................to
bunnies...................lots of bunnies.
And then there's Mij, the American River Otter that Linda has raised since it was 4 weeks old. Prone to failing ill to pneumonia, Linda felt that might have been the reason that Mij had been abandoned and in the years since his rescue, Mij has become Linda's best friend. Mij will roll over on his back so Linda can scratch his belly, just like you would expect your dog or cat to do.
Squirrels....lots of squirrels. Most of them will be released back into the wild.
and then there's the deer. Most of them come to Linda with injuries from car accidents, illnesses and one came as a fawn whose leg had been cut off when it was ran over by a grass mower. Linda actually was able to rehab it and release it only to have it return as a victim of a gunshot wound. Once again, Linda nursed it back to health but this time it seems the doe is here to stay.
As you can well imagine, caring for all these animals is a huge responsibility, not only emotionally, but financially as well. Linda admits it's a struggle to support herself and her wildlife rescue, but for her, it's obviously a labor of love. She can't imagine doing anything else, no matter what the cost. She receives no financial support from the county and depends soley upon her own income and whatever donations that come from the community.
 

 

"You can help."

That's what this doe would say if she could talk. We can all help by getting the word out about the great work that Linda and her volunteers are doing.

We can all help by donating food to feed the animals. Linda routinely buys veggies like celery, lettuce, carrots and cabbage. Even fruits and melons are tasty treats. Of course the deer like corn, the kind you can buy at Walmart or Tractor Supply. Sometimes she gets food donations from the farmer's market leftovers....all donations are greatly appreciated,

And of course, Linda accept all forms of monetary contributions to help her pay for medicine and veterinary bills.

 

All food donations can be left outside the gates of 100 Acre Woods. There are wood pallets off to the right side that sit in the shade and are a perfect place to leave bags of veggies.
100 Acre Wood is located on

99 Kohen Road....Brooksville, FL 34601

Telephone: (352) 650-2892

Web Address: http://www.100acrewood-wildlife.org

How many times have you heard someone say, "I wish there was something I could do the help."

Well...here's something YOU can do to help. Buy an extra bag of carrots, an extra head of lettuce and throw in a bag of apples and drop them off at

100 Acre Wood

Linda will thank you.

"Take my word for it, it's the best $5.00 you'll ever spend."

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