|Professional Care for Orphaned and Injured Wild Animals|
Robyn Graboski & Isis the Peregrine Falcon
Founder and Executive Director of Centre Wildlife Care (CWC)
Robyn Graboski has been
rehabilitating wildlife since 1988 and has taught classes on wildlife
rehabilitation and wildlife nutrition all over
How Robyn Founded Centre Wildlife Care
Robyn started rehabilitating wildlife in 1988 when she volunteered at Shaver's Creek Raptor Center (Penn State University). During that time, the PA Game Commission gave her approval to work under Shaver's Creek wildlife rehabilitation permit. While volunteering at Shaver's Creek, she sought out and obtained professional training for wildlife rehabilitation. While she was helping with the raptors, she began rehabilitating compromised mammals, songbirds, waterfowl and reptiles in her home and gradually started to build a facility that one day would become Centre Wildlife Care. Shaver's Creek rehabilitated wildlife until 1994, when they gave up the rehabilitation permit. Robyn applied, tested and received her rehab license in 1994 to rehabilitate wildlife. Shortly thereafter, she obtained her permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate native species of birds.
Robyn founded Centre Wildlife Care early in 1995. In 1998, she retired from her job as a research assistant at Penn State to rehabilitate wildlife full time.
When Robyn first started caring for wildlife, she was rehabbing in a one-bedroom apartment. She had opossums in the kitchen and injured seagulls in the living room in a very large refrigerator box. She realized very quickly that she needed to have the animals in a separate area from the living space. After moving to a small house in Lemont, she converted the basement into a wildlife care facility, which included not only a variety of cages but also incubators for babies and a small laboratory for basic diagnostics. Robyn obtained her wildlife rehabilitation license in 1994 after taking a test administered by the PA Game Commission.
In 2005, Robyn purchased a piece of property in Port Matilda that provided the much need space for growth for CWC. The wildlife rehab operation is still home based as are most wildlife rehabilitation centers. And, the clinic is much more modern and advanced than the Lemont location. The new location has 15 acres of wooded land surrounding the house that is currently home to many outside enclosures for wild animals waiting for release. Currently, Robyn lives at that location with her husband Randy Romesberg whom she married in 2007.
Robyn rehabilitates all native species of wildlife. Robyn has obtained additional training and certification to rehabilitate endangered species, raptors and rabies vector species (RVS) such as raccoons. Robyn holds permits from not only the PA Game Commission but also the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service, the Fish and Boat Commission and the USDA. Even though rehabbers are regulated by these agencies, they do not provide funding.
Robyn Graboski in Greece 2002 ** Injured swans and flamingo
Interview with Robyn on her trip to Greece, By Marcy Yurick
Reprinted from Winter issue 2002 of "The Wild Times"
A publication of Centre Wildlife Care
Earlier this year in
January, you went to
Q: How did you end
up going to
Philip Dragoumis at the
Q: What did you do to help?
Their typical day
starts at 9 am where everyone pitches in to clean the cages and feed
animals. Treatments, surgeries and necropsies are done in the
afternoon. Between 4 and 6 pm a new shipment of birds came on
Q: Did they have adequate facilities? What were the rehabilitators like?
A: They just moved into a very large, brand new facility that was just built by their Ministry. And, their staff is amazing. They are highly skilled, very dedicated and work quite well together. While, we were there, we actually felt like we were part of a family.
Q:Did you meet people of different nationalities and backgrounds?
A: While we were there
we met people from all over the world working at the center;
Q:How did you feel after your return?
A: Marge and I really did not want
to come home, but we have responsibilities here and had to come