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Press Information

RWS staff members are available to respond to a wide variety of inquiries involving wild animals, coexistence and stewardship, environmental affairs, and human-wildlife conflicts, The Sanctuary also maintains a large library of digital images of current and past wildlife patients that we are happy to share for credited use. Please contact: 

Sarah Cooperman, Executive Director
(434) 207-2417

Please visit our Upcoming Events page to learn more about where you can find the Sanctuary in our community. 

June 30, 2024

Tattoo fundraiser supports Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

People were at Moose’s by the Creek the weekend of June 30 getting some new ink and it was all for charity.

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February 9, 2024

‘Hugs N’ Bugs:’ Name a worm after an ex at Nelson County animal sanctuary

If you are not feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, one wildlife sanctuary in Nelson County has an idea.

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February 8, 2024

Wildlife sanctuary raising funds by letting you name bug after an ex

 The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary in Nelson County is adding a fun or revengeful twist to Valentine’s Day.

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October 4, 2023

Climate change brings a growing challenge for wildlife sanctuary

Executive Director Sarah Cooperman spoke with Sandy Hausman (Virginia Public Radio) about the impacts of climate change on RWS's work. 

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May 24, 2023

Down the foxhole

"The Big Picture" feature in C-Ville Weekly, written about a fox rehab success story at RWS.

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May 7, 2023

Selvedge Brewing hosts baby shower for Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

Our "wildlife baby shower" at Selvedge Brewing helped RWS collect much-needed items for our wildlife baby season.

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April 1, 2023

Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary renests two Great Horned Owlets

The Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary and the Virginia Department of Forestry recently helped to renest two baby Great Horned owls.

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March 29, 2023

'Green Future of Nelson' expo highlights conservation, natural resources

RWS was a featured participant at an expo celebrating Nelson County's conservation-oriented businesses and groups. 

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January 11, 2023

There's A Little-Known Wildlife Sanctuary In Virginia And It's Magical

This animal sanctuary in Virginia is one where all ages can learn about the importance of protecting Virginia’s native species.

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April 7, 2022

Nelson County women committed to protecting animals

The "Founding Mothers" helping Nelson County's domestic and wild animals.

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December 24, 2021

Baby squirrels at wildlife sanctuary show signs of climate change

Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary has received its latest ever baby wildlife admission. It's a sign that animals are picking up on climate change.


November 14, 2019

North Branch welcomes wildlife in just long enough to learn

North Branch School welcomed a few guests Thursday, including a sleepy opossum, a slithery snake, and a friendly turtle.

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July 24, 2019

Teach a Reporter: Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

Reporter Erin Conway joins staff member Sarah Cooperman at the Sanctuary for a "day in the life" as a wildlife rehabilitator.

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June 7, 2019

Fantastic Mr. Fox, at Home in Crozet

Living alongside foxes and red fox kits, with input from the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary team. 

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Check out our blog for more patient stories and "wild" updates from the Sanctuary!


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