Plant Conservation Volunteers

Wildlife World Zoo

When we first saw Leonardo he was near death, suffering from malnutrition and pneumonia. ' Although Leonardo has gained weight and bonded with his keepers at his new home at the SWCC, he has suffered some recent medical issues from being declawed as a cub. 'The declawing procedure mangled his paws, leaving him unable to climb and jump to high places like leopards should. Recently, Leo started limping and we noticed drainage coming from a rear paw. Veterinarians examined Leo's foot, took x-rays, and determined that it has become necrotic and infected. The declawing he suffered through as a cub has now led to the need for a surgical procedure.

Wildlife Waystation

First, I've planted milkweed. Milkweed is the only source of food for caterpillars of monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies cannot reproduce without milkweed. As we've replaced natural habitat (that included milkweed) with suburban lawns and agricultural areas, we've destroyed milkweeed plants. Gardeners can help reverse this trend and aid declining monarch butterfly populations by planting milkweed in their yards. Almost every year we find monarch caterpillars on our milkweed.