Project Wildlife operates two Wildlife Triage Centers that serve as the central “hubs” for patient intake. At both of these facilities, native wildlife is brought in by members of the general public for medical assessment and treatment.
The main Wildlife Triage Center and the seasonal center in North San Diego County see close to 10,000 animals come through the door each year. At the Triage Centers, wildlife patients are examined and stabilized by the medical staff under the supervision of a wildlife veterinarian. Once animals are stabilized, they are transfered to a satellite rehabilitation team to further their care.
Neonatal avian species (baby birds) are placed in one of the many nursery incubators at the main Wildlife Triage Center for 2-6 weeks based on species and in-take age. Volunteers cover 12 hour shifts hand-feeding neonatal birds, some of which require feedings every 20-30 minutes. Once they are weaned they are transferred to the satellite rehabilitators. Up to 150 neonatal birds may be in the nursery at one time and a total of 250 residing avian patients may be present at the main Wildlife Triage Center at any one time.
Neonatal mammalian species, as well as sensitive avian species, are transferred to a Satellite Care Wildlife Rehabilitator within 6 hours of stabilization as they require hand-feeding around the clock.
Most animals are released within a three-mile radius of where they were originally found to keep naturally occurring populations in balance. Depending on age, injury and species, patients may proceed from intake to release anywhere from twenty-four hours to six months. On average, patients are in the rehab system for 12 weeks.
Project Wildlife provides an essential community service to San Diego County; without our help thousands of birds and mammals would assuredly perish. Our established Wildlife Triage Centers and Satellite Care Rehabilitators provide San Diego County residents with an invaluable resource for the care of wildlife.
The mobile veterinary clinic enables us to provide critical diagnostics and treatment for wildlife patients. Housed near the Triage Center, the clinic is equipped with a surgical suite and digital x-ray machine making it possible for our wildlife veterinarian to provide more specialized care for challenging cases.
Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitators provide treatments and therapy services to patients in their private homes under special state and federal permits. Patients are transferred from the Triage Care Centers for long term rehabilitative care. Satellite Care Rehabilitators are responsible for evaluating patients, providing medical treatment. They are entrusted to provide the necessary husbandry to keep them wild, so we may successfully execute their release back to their natural habitats.
Operated by volunteers, the information line fields more than 20,000 calls annually from the public. Recorded messages guide the community on how to get a sick, injured, or orphaned animal to our Wildlife Triage Center. When available, volunteer operators will also provide information to the community about living in harmony with wildlife.
The Transport team is also operated by volunteers and facilitates the movement of wildlife patients between the public, the Triage Care Center, the North County Triage site, and Satellite Care Rehabilitators.
Project Wildlife’s Education and Outreach Program conducts a variety workshops and presentations providing conservation education to the San Diego community. In schools, classroom programs allow students to consider local wildlife conservation within a larger picture that includes personal service and stewardship. Assembly programs reach larger groups of students. Scout badge programs help young people fulfill conservation-based badge requirements while involving them in community action projects that will help the wildlife and people of San Diego County.
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Project Wildlife has designed a non-profit subsidiary to provide fee-based wildlife removal services for homeowners and businesses. The wildlife removal services are accompanied by consumer education and wildlife entry prevention and damage repair services not offered by other wildlife removal companies. Wildlife Extraction Services resolves conflicts between humans and wildlife using humane methods and save the lives of thousands of wild animals.
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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.
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