Very different from their cousins the Gray Squirrel, the California Ground Squirrel stays primarily in meadows instead of forested areas and digs networks of burrows underground. Considered a pest by most farmers and homeowners, the Ground Squirrel is ecological important in aerating the soil, creating burrows for other animals to live in, and providing sustenance to the dozens of animals that prey upon them.

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Project Wildlife Education Program

Our Education Department supports wildlife conservation - with a focus on local wildlife - in outreach programs that bring native San Diego directly to the community.

These programs are free of charge; however, with high demands, presentation dates may be limited.

Part of our mission at Project Wildlife is to promote wildlife conservation by teaching children and adults about the beauty and value of our wildlife. California's wildlife belongs to us all, and we want to encourage stewardship and appreciation of our native species and ecosystems. As the continuing loss of habitat brings wildlife in contact with people now more than ever before, it is imperative we communicate the importance of protecting natural spaces for wildlife and ways to better coexist. To help achieve this goal, we travel throughout the county with our education animals (Animal Ambassadors), providing safe and fun wildlife encounters. In booth programs and presentations for schools, Scout troops, organizations and various private groups, we share the stories of these animals that cannot do so for themselves.

We ask for prior notice - at least two weeks - when scheduling a program. Please also understand that our Animal Ambassadors are not always available and we must place their well-being first, so although animal preferences are welcome, we ask for patience and flexibility in scheduling.

How to Schedule An Education Program
  • Call 619-299-7012, extension 2361 or fill out an online request form.
  • Please include in your message or email your name, telephone number, your group's name, the number of people in your group, and the date and the time you wish to have an education program. Please allow 3 days for a response.

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.

Wish List

Wish List

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