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, SD Humane Society, SeaWorld), depend on the life- saving services provided by Project Wildlife.

Project Wildlife employs less than fifteen full-time and part-time/seasonal staff. The organization's cadre of more than 600 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

Project Wildlife is fortunate to have a professionally and ethnically diverse group of committed community leaders serving on its Board of Directors. Their passion and vision expertly guide Project Wildlife’s mission to improve the quality of live for local wildlife and the community as the primary resource for animal rehabilitation and education.  Learn more.

Our Staff

The Project Wildlife staff consists of a small group of dedicated, experienced professionals whose responsibility it is to care for a multitude of wildlife patients, educate the public, provide support to 600 volunteers and fundraise close to $1 million every year. Learn more.




Animal Care:

Jane E. Meier, D.V.M., Supervising Veterinarian

Trish Jackman, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation

Holly McMullen, Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator


Brittney Sherley, Development Manager

Anna Brauer, Care Center Administrative Coordinator

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

Triage Center

Wildlife Triage Center
887 1/2 Sherman Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Directions & Map
Open 7 days a week
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day)
Staff/Volunteer hours: 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Drop-off area is open 24/7.

North County Wildlife Triage Center
County of San Diego, Department of Animal Services
2481 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Directions & Map
Open Tuesdays through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(April through the first Saturday in September only.)

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.