Mule Deer have large ears that move constantly and independently, from whence they get their name. They do not run as other deer, but have a peculiar and distinctive bounding leap with all 4 feet coming down together. In this fashion, they can reach a speed of 45 m.p.h. for short periods. Mule Deer move between the forest edges at higher elevations to the desert floor, depending on the season.

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About Us

Who We Are

Project Wildlife has been dedicated to giving injured, orphaned and sick wild animals a second chance at life since 1972. This commitment to helping wild animals has grown tremendously since the 2014 merger with San Diego Humane Society, and Project Wildlife is proud to be one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation organizations in the country.

Our medical staff and volunteers operate under one word: Compassion. It is through this unwavering compassion that we are able to help nearly 10,000 birds and mammals each year (more than 320 species to-date!) in addition to thousands of other animals we are able to assist through community outreach, partnerships and telephone triage.

San Diego County is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States with the greatest number of endangered species. People from all over the county bring wildlife patients to Project Wildlife for care and we are proud to be a resource that our neighbors can depend on in order to coexist peacefully with wild animals.

What Is Wildlife Rehabilitation?

Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, orphaned or sick wild animals in effort to release them back into the wild.

Project Wildlife is permitted to rehabilitate wildlife by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. We operate under a strict guide of protocols, research and veterinary consultation in order to make the best decision for a positive outcome with each individual animal in our care.

Rehabilitating wildlife without the appropriate permits can cause potentially fatal damage to the animal and is punishable by fines up to $25,000 if any wild animal is kept for more than 48 hours. If you find a wild animal in need of care, please do not attempt to provide care yourself. Every moment is critical, so please bring the animal to a permitted wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as possible.

Board of Directors

With the 2014 merger with San Diego Humane Society, the Board of Directors oversees all programs of San Diego Humane Society, including Project Wildlife. Click here to see the leadership staff and Board of Directors.

Field Work
Bring Project Wildlife's Education Program to Your School
Homecare Teams Release Wildlife Into Their Native Habitats
Our Staff and Volunteers Care for Thousands of Animals Each Year
Animal Ambassadors are Vital to Our Conservation Education Program

Care Center

Wildlife Care Center
Custer Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Directions & Map
Open 7 days a week
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day)
Staff/Volunteer hours: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Drop-off area is open 24/7.

To speak to a representative during business hours 10am - 6pm, call 619-299-7012.
For after-hours emergencies, call your local police department or San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Dispatch 619-243-3466.

Outside of San Diego County?
If you are outside of our geographical area, please visit the emergency page of Wildlife International or contact your local Department of Animal Control or state Fish and Game office.

Media Resources

Resources for the media to learn more about the good work Project Wildlife provides San Diego County.



Wish List

Wish List

A donation from our wish list is a great way to support our efforts and help San Diego wildlife.