38 things we love about Illinois: No. 8
8. Wildlife Medical Clinic
For animals injured or orphaned in the wild, it provides a haven of safety and healing. All manner of creatures have found refuge at the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic, with a great horned owl, red-tailed hawk and a juvenile Western fox snake among recent visitors. On call 24/7, a volunteer staff of vet-med grad students treats the animals and, if possible, returns them to their habitats. However, several birds of prey and a blue-tongued skink share permanent residence at the clinic, which depends on donations to maintain operations.