Within the world of wildlife rehabilitation, there are many behind the scenes partnerships which allow those on the front lines to help as many animals as possible. It can be tricky to find the right home for an animal because of all the factors that come into play. Things like permitting, available space, co-habitation, travel logistics, staffing requirements, species-specific training, and financial commitment are just some of the deciding factors when a placement plan is formed. Because of this, we value our partnerships with several similar facilities. In wildlife rehabilitation we see each other as colleagues, not competitors. We are all working for the common goal of saving and protecting animals. Keep reading for a look at which rehabilitated wild patients are now settling in at their new homes…
Rehab Patient – Gray fox – High Desert Museum
Unlike the other 5 foxes rehabilitated in 2017, this handsome fella wasn’t able to be released. We are happy to say he has a bright future in education! High Desert Museum hopes to add him to their Desert Dwellers program later this year.
Muscovy duck – Sanctuary One
This handsome fella came into Wildlife Images with “angel wing.” We originally thought he would become one of our Animal Ambassadors but quickly realized that as a non-native domesticated species Sanctuary One’s huge pond was the perfect place for him to waddle and wade.
Peregrine falcon – Wildlife of Wisconsin
We were happy to see this beautiful peregrine falcon settling into her new home in Wisconsin. This patient came in with a wing trauma and cannot fly well enough to survive on her own. She is perched in her outdoor enclosure here, but Beauty, as she’s now called, also has an indoor enclosure for those cold midwest winter nights!
These are just a few of the animals who were placed this winter. The goal is always to release the animal back into the wild after rehabilitation. But sometimes, an animal is too injured or depends on care from humans to survive, making a wild release impossible. It’s in those cases that these partnerships become invaluable.
Sharon Clay, Turtle Bay’s Curator of Animals Programs meets with Kim Bell, Wildlife Images Animal Care Technician
There are several other local rescue organizations we work closely with including Southern Oregon Exotic Animal Rescue and SOAR Wildlife Center. We have also worked very closely with staff at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California to share resources and knowledge as we all strive to provide for wild animals and those in our care who cannot return to the wild.
This certainly isn’t a one way street. Many of our current Animal Ambassadors have come from other facilities all over the country.