Wild Honors

By: Damon DIllman, Amy Kehm
By: Damon DIllman, Amy Kehm

They do more than just care for injured animals. The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a leader in professional training, education, and research. Now it's getting top honors.

This June, the Wildlife Center of Virginia nabbed the "21st Century Achievement Award" from the Computer World Honors Program. The award recognizes organizations considered to be the best at using computers, networks, and information technology.

But the Center's president says it is still amazing just how far they've come.

"When we started back in 1982, we thought we had gone high tech with an electric typewriter. Our first computer weighed 'only' 44 pounds. I was called a portable and had the big screen - the seven inch one," laughs Ed Clark

But since then, the Center's grown immensely. Clark points out that, while the award is wonderful, it's not what he was after.

"Obviously, we don't do what we do for the recognition, but it is awfully nice to be recognized for using technology, not that we're developing it. This is not new technology with us, but it is the application of technology in an unprecedented way. And we're awfully proud of that," says Clark.

The progress has been a community effort. Most of the technology was donated and put together by volunteers.


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