The animals

After a 10-year hiatus, Harmony Wildlife Rehab re-opened its doors in March 2022, relocating from Fairview to Nashville, TN. Since opening our doors, we've taken in more than 300 wild animals from 41 different species. Check out these photos of some of the animals we have been caring for!

Eastern Grey Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

The Eastern Grey Squirrel's proclivity for burying nuts to save for later (and sometimes forgetting where they hid them...) makes them ecologically essential to forest regeneration. 

Northern Raccoon

Procyon lotor

The Northern Raccoon is Tennessee's official state wild animal. The word “raccoon” is derived from the Algonquian/Powhatan word arahkunem: “he scratches with the hands."

Barred Owl

Strix varia

Barred Owls are common in Tennessee. They hunt small animals, especially rodents, and can be identified by their beautifully spooky “Who cooks for you?” call.

Eastern Screech-Owl

Megascops asio

Eastern Screech-Owls are tiny but mighty! They eat small birds and rodents, plus other small critters such as earthworms, insects, crayfish, tadpoles, frogs, and lizards. 

Virginia Opossum

Didelphis virginiana

The Virginia Opossum is the northernmost marsupial in the world. Newborns are the size of honeybee! When injured or threatened they can imitate their own death.

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

The Red-tailed Hawk has the raspy scream often heard in movies. Look for this bird soaring above open fields or perched on nearby trees, telephones poles, and fenceposts.

Eastern Chipmunk

Tamias striatus

The Eastern Chipmunk forages for seeds, insects, and fungi that live around tree roots that are critical to tree survival. Chipmunks help to spread fungi within a forest, just as they help spread seeds.

Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis

The Striped Skunk is beneficial to humans because they feed on large numbers of agricultural and garden pests. Young skunks are adorable, but they are wild animals and it is illegal to keep them as pets in Tennessee.

Did You Know? It’s against Tennessee State Law to keep wild animals, even if you plan to release them. This includes squirrels, skunks, and raccoons. You are allowed to transport injured or orphaned animals to a licensed rehab.