Meet Hazel the Virginia Opossum!


Hazel is a Virginia Opossum commonly found in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Central America. She is roughly 3 years old and her diet consists of fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and eggs. Unlike other opossums, Hazel doesn’t climb. She also doesn’t care for loud noises or the feeling of enclosed spaces. Due to Hazel’s sensitive skin, the animal care staff doesn’t leave her bed underneath light as she sleeps because she can get sunburned.

Hazel arrived at the museum in April 2019. Due to an unforeseen accident, she was rescued by PAWS (Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary) in South Carolina. Hazel suffered an injury to her left eye that inevitably had to be removed. This deemed her non-releasable. After healing, Hazel was relocated to The Schiele.

You can find Hazel on display in The Hall of North American Wildlife.

Another way to care for our Animal Ambassadors!

Want to send treats or animal enrichment STRAIGHT to Hazel? Purchase items off our Amazon Wishlist & they will be sent directly to The Schiele!

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Animal Ambassadors Mission

By providing a second chance at life to non-releasable and unwanted animals, The Schiele is able to provide education, inspiration and hope for the next generation.