Gazer, a barred owl, is unable to see well enough to hunt and fend for herself in the wild due to a genetic cataract, so she has called AWARE Wildlife Center home since she was a tiny ball of fluff.
AWARE, which stands for Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, began accepting wildlife patients in 2006 and cares for anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 injured, sick and orphaned animals native to Georgia each year. It is the state’s largest wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education center.
Marjan Ghadrdan, director of animal care for AWARE Wildlife Center, poses with Gazer in the above picture. The owl serves as one of the center’s animal ambassadors that help educate the community on native wildlife species and how to care for and coexist with them.