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Saving our Wild Creatures

The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

Since 1993, The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley has been dedicated to saving injured and orphaned Bay Area wildlife. Pushed from their native habitats by urbanization, and wounded through encounters with predators and people, the animals are brought to the Center by local Fish and Wildlife personnel or by concerned citizens. Once there, the wild patients receive loving care and rehabilitation by trained veterinary specialists and dedicated volunteers. In 2020, the Center treated more than 6,200 wild birds, mammals and reptiles from 160 different species.

Two examples of injured animals treated at the Center:  a hawk whose feathers were burned by a land fill incinerator and a baby opossum caught in deer netting

Animals undergoing treatment at any given time can include squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums, bats, hawks, owls, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and many species of reptiles and birds. Once the healing process is complete, all animals are released back into safe wild spaces. In addition to animal care, the Center also presents education and outreach programs throughout the local community. These classes and lectures educate kids and adults about our wild neighbors, and how to peacefully co-exist.

The Foundation has supported the Wildlife Center’s work over the years through several grants. One grant provided funding for much-needed repairs to roofs, screening, and doors of the enclosures where injured animals live during their recovery process. Another grant provided funds to purchase food such as mealworms, crickets, fruits, vegetables, and frozen small animals to sustain injured animals during their recuperation. No hospital can function without supplies such as antibiotics, pain medicine, ointments, and surgical supplies. We were honored to help fund the purchase of these essential products, as well.

Barn owl released back into the wild

So, the next time you look up and see a magnificent raptor soaring over the Bay Area hills, it may have once been a patient whose life was saved by the dedicated staff at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley.