San Rafael, California, USA
MissionWildCare's mission is to advocate for wildlife for a sustainable world. We help people live well with wildlife.
What We DoWildCare is the premier organization for environmental education and wildlife medicine in Northern California. We offer a comprehensive suite of programs that help people navigate the expanding boundaries where humans and wildlife interact. Our core programs fall within the following areas:
Environmental Education - Our experiential environmental education programs for school groups range from guide-directed nature hikes that explore the rich biodiversity of Marin's trails and open spaces, to interactive classroom presentations and center tours that offer up-close wildlife encounters and fascinating bio-facts. Our programs support state science standards through a hands-on curriculum that connects students to the most urgent issues facing our environment today. We also serve underrepresented communities through program and transportation scholarships, community partnerships, and free family programming. Each year, we engage more than 35,000 people in our programs, with a goal of fostering a new generation of informed and engaged environmental stewards who work together to protect wildlife and our shared environment.
Wildlife Medicine - As the only full-service, open-admission wildlife hospital with a staff veterinarian between San Mateo and Sonoma Counties, WildCare is consistently the first place that thousands of Bay Area residents turn during wildlife emergencies. Our highly trained Medical Staff, supported by nearly 300 volunteers, treats more than 3,500 injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife from as many as 200 different species annually using the latest advancements and best practices in wildlife medicine and care. Our goal is to release our patients to be healthy and wild, while supporting robust species populations within our fragile Bay Area ecosystems.
Advocacy and Outreach - WildCare plays a key role in advocacy efforts throughout the Bay Area and beyond to influence legislation and actions that impact the environment we share with wildlife. We also offer a Living with Wildlife Hotline that provides more than 10,000 callers each year with humane techniques to navigate wildlife interactions; and we keep the community informed about wildlife issues, patient stories, and other resources through our website, social media, and a bi-annual newsletter that reaches 26,000 subscribers.