Whether you view Cottontail Rabbits as an adorable wild creature or a nuisance to your landscaping, everyone can agree that there are thousands of them in San Diego. Cottontail babies, like this one, are born three times a year and raised in a barely-there manner. Mother rabbits do not stay in the nest but instead run into the burrow and stand over the babies while they feed on their backs just twice a day. If you find a nest of baby rabbits, leave them alone as mom is probably near-by but you will never see her!

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Project Wildlife: Staff

Trish Jackman, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Trish grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. After working as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, she went back to school and received a degree with honors in animal behavior and management. She moved to Oregon to work as a wildlife trainer and educator for Wildlife Safari and moved up to assistant curator, adding veterinary assistant, spokesperson, and raptor rehabilitation coordinator to her duties. She moved on to work as a vet assistant, and as a trainer and spokesperson for the Living Desert, before moving to San Diego to work as a senior keeper for the San Diego Zoo. In 2003, she shifted gears and accepted a position with the San Diego Humane Society as their mobile adoptions coordinator and eventually became the species specialist and supervisor for their offsite facility. She is certified in canine/feline behavioral evaluations and was a member of the task force sent to oversee animal intake and triage at Katrina and the San Diego fires. After 13 years in the field, she felt the pull of wildlife again and joined Project Wildlife as the manager of home care rehabilitators. When she’s not working she enjoys power boating and spending time with her pets and the occasional overnight patient.


Jane E. Meier, D.V.M., Supervising Veterinarian
Graduate of Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Internship in Zoological Medicine, Zoological Society of San Diego, 1975-1976. Associate Veterinarian for the Zoological Society of San Diego, 1976-1988. Presently in private practice caring for both exotic and domestic animals. 1996 to present, Supervising Veterinarian for Project Wildlife. Author and contributor to many scientific and popular animal-related articles, book chapters, and studies.


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.