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

The mission of Project Wildlife is to improve the quality of life for local wildlife and the community as the primary resource for animal rehabilitation and conservation education.

Since 1972, Project Wildlife's dedicated staff and volunteers have given injured, orphaned and sick wild animals a second chance at life. This commitment to helping wild animals has grown tremendously and Project Wildlife is now one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation organizations in the country. Our medical staff and volunteers help 8,000-10,000 birds and mammals each year and have cared for more than 320 species to-date.

Project Wildlife is a critical community resource for residents and businesses in San Diego County, 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 many local businesses such as landscaping companies, government agencies (e.g. Animal Services, CalTrans, SDPD), and animal organizations (e.g. SD Zoo, SeaWorld), depend on the life- saving services provided by Project Wildlife.

The organization's cadre of more than 400 volunteers donates thousands of hours per year to care for injured, orphaned and sick wildlife. In addition to Project Wildlife's Triage Center, there are more than 70 satellite care sites, facilitated by volunteer rehabilitators who work tirelessly, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, to provide pre-release care in their homes or on their property. There are more than 10 different animal teams, all trained to care for specific animals (e.g. rabbits, raptors, raccoons). More than 10% of current volunteers have been with Project Wildlife for over a decade.

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. To see the leadership staff and Board of Directors, visit San Diego Humane Society's website.

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.