Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1981 by renowned wildlife rehabilitator J. David Siddon. The facility was created in order to provide for the care and treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Wildlife Images has since expanded to provide educational programs on wildlife, conservation, and the environment to schools, organizations and the general public. The Center, and its programs and activities are a direct outgrowth and continuation of the late Founder J. David Siddon’s personal involvement with wildlife rehabilitation and education for more than 40 years. The center currently operates under the direction of David Siddon Jr., who continues on with his father’s mission.
The organization’s clinic, animal sanctuary, and education center are located on 24 acres of land adjacent to the wild and scenic section of Oregon’s famous Rogue River. Animals treated at Wildlife Images have included everything from baby squirrels and badgers to American bald eagles.
Wildlife Images release rate of intakes is near 50 percent each year – far above the national average of 33 percent. Animals with permanently disabling injuries that make them unable to live in the wild are integrated into one of Wildlife Images educational programs, either as educational ambassadors, or as permanent residents of the facility.
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education center is open for public tours throughout the year, and has a very active educational component. Programs featuring birds of prey, mammals, and reptiles are featured. On-site programs are conducted in the J. David Siddon Community Education Center. Thousands of children visit the center each year on educational field trips, enhancing their knowledge of nature and wildlife preservation.
Currently more than 80 dedicated volunteers donate a total of nearly 1,400 hours each month to the care and treatment of the animals placed in Wildlife Images’ custody.