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This profile was last updated on 9/26/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Thomas E. Young

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Director Ornithologist

Phone: (479) ***-****  HQ Phone
Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center
P.O. Box 1881
Mena, Arkansas 71953
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master Falconer
  • degree , ornithology
    Cornell University
27 Total References
Web References
Home - Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center, 26 Sept 2012 [cached]
Director: Tommy Young, Master Falconer, Ornithologist
The almost 3-acre Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center was founded by Tommy Young for his injured animals while they are recovering. The Center is also equipped for breeding and serves as an educational center for visitors.
Although the Center is still under construction, plans are to have it completed by April 2010 in time for the spring influx of injured and orphaned animal babies.
Tommy has been studying birds, animals and reptiles since he was 14 years old. He earned a degree in ornithology from Cornell University and holds all credentials required by the federal government and the state of Arkansas to be an animal rehabilitator.
Tommy is dependent on and very appreciative of, a number of volunteers who help him tend the animals at the center.
Support the Animals - Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center, 26 Sept 2012 [cached]
Director: Tommy Young, Master Falconer, Ornithologist
Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated!
100% of all donations go to the rehabilitation, care and feeding of the animals. Tommy supports his family with his job in construction.
Donations may also be mailed to:
Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center Tommy Young, Director P.O. Box 1881 Mena, Arkansas 71953
Help Harold!, 24 May 2006 [cached]
Thomas E. Young, Center Director 3107 Westmoreland Drive Mena, AR. 71953 (479) 437-3750
Safari Drawing on Saturday January 16, 2010, 16 Jan 2010 [cached]
Tommy Young, founder of the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center holds both state and federal rehabilitation licenses. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission designated Mr. Young the official bear rehabilitator for the state. All donations and proceeds from the auction will be used to construct the bear rehabilitation enclosure.
This event is open to the public and activities are planned to appeal to all ages, from children to adults. Everyone is encouraged to attend from 2 pm to 4 pm. In addition to the African Safari sweepstake drawing, there will be plenty of food and beverage refreshments, a silent auction, door prizes, a talk on wildlife by Tommy Young, a bird release, guest appearances of exotic feline kittens with photo opportunities, and American Indian children's stories about felines and other animals told by Standing Bear.
Standing Bear is a Kituwah (Cherokee) storyteller and historian and a long-time resident of Manataka (Hot Springs) who has studied American Indian history and customs for more than 40 years. Standing Bear will also introduce the Manataka American Indian Council, a non-profit, international, inter-tribal, cultural, educational, and spiritual organization based in Hot Springs. Standing Bear will present Tommy Young with an honorary membership.
Mr. Young has successfully rehabbed 37 bears, 10,000 hawks, 9,000 owls, 22 bald eagles, 18 golden eagles, and 22,000 mammals. Mr. Young is also a master falconer. Mr. Young will be giving a wildlife talk to visitors and release birds that have been successfully rehabilitated.
"Tommy's work is extremely important to wildlife in Arkansas and the surrounding states. He is a valued member of the FCF. I have the highest respect for the work he does, and I wish to help him continue to save our sick, starving, and injured wildlife. Tommy gives nature a second chance.
Educational Center - Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center, 19 Sept 2011 [cached]
Director: Tommy Young, Master Falconer, Ornithologist
Wildlife Educational Center
Animals with permanent injuries or disabilities are housed in a natural setting for educational purposes at the Center.
See a youtube video of Tommy interviewed by a local TV station: Click here
When Tommy was called to help a doe hit by a car, he couldn't save the doe, but he cut the fawn out of her belly, raised it and released it.
It's not unusual for Tommy to travel many miles to pick up an injured or starving animal.
Injured critters are also brought to the Center by both state and federal wildlife agents, although Tommy receives no funds from any state or federal agencies for his rehab work.
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