Backyard Wildlife – All About Opossums

Join wildlife rehabilitators Pam and Bill Lefferts for Backyard Wildlife – All About Opossums and learn about wildlife rehabilitation and the role of rehabbers. This program focuses on opossums and their rescue efforts with them. You'll also learn about how you can support wildlife during winter, prepare emergency roadside kits to help an injured animal, how to turn your property into a sanctuary as well as information on how to become a rehabber or wildlife volunteer.

Bella and/or Mango, ambassador opossums, will attend the program.  The ambassadors wear a harness and leash, and they are very gentle.  Guests are not allowed to hold them, but petting their soft fur is encouraged! Kids love letting an ambassadors grasp their finger with a tail.  

Pamela A. Lefferts is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator in CT. Retired after many years in the field of education, Pam is the “hands-on” partner and does the critical medical care of the animals, preparing them for release.

William H. Lefferts is a licensed CT Rehabilitator and Transporter.  Bill retired after teaching secondary school moderate to severe special needs children for over 40 years.  Bill takes responsibility for maintaining the rescue grounds and facilities.  Bill helps with socialization and is instrumental in releases. He particularly enjoys the projects of building cages and pens. 

Always lovers of animals, the Lefferts operated a hobby farm for many years prior to retirement. In 2016 they began the process of becoming Wildlife rehabilitators and in early 2017 they opened Ferncroft Wildlife Rescue.  They believe it is the perfect volunteer opportunity for retirees and love to share their passion and knowledge of how and what “rehabbing” entails. Specializing in opossums, the Lefferts especially enjoy sharing knowledge about these misunderstood gentle creatures.

This program is appropriate for animal lovers of all ages.


There are 26 spaces available.