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Wildlife Rehabilitator

Wildlife Rehabilitator


Care for wild animals so they can be returned to their natural habitat.

What does a Wildlife Rehabilitator do?

Every day, injured, sick, and orphaned animals are left alone to fend for themselves in the wild. But thanks to the work of wildlife rehabilitators, animals that would otherwise have very little chance of surviving alone can recover and return to the wild, happy and healthy.

A wildlife rehabilitator rescues and cares for these helpless animals and returns them to their natural habitats once they’re strong enough to survive on their own. Daily care for these animals involves feeding them a nutritious diet, keeping them clean and groomed, administering medication to prevent illnesses, and playing with them so they grow strong again. One minute you’re feeding a baby squirrel from a bottle, and the next you’re washing harmful oil off an otter caught in a tragic oil spill.

In addition to caring for your gang of critters, you also educate the public on what your organization does. People may call for advice on what to do with a sick animal, or bring in an injured animal needing your care. It’s important to raise community awareness so people know where to turn when they encounter a sick animal. This also encourages donations which, together with fundraisers, play a large role in supporting many wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

From feeding an orphaned baby raccoon to keeping detailed records of each animal’s diet and feeding schedule, you do your part to make the world a better place—one adorable animal at a time.

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