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

Beth Ugoretz, Executive Director
Beth was born in Wisconsin, but spent most of her school years in Southern California before leaving to get her undergraduate degree in Human Biology at Stanford University. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School with a J.D. cum laude and worked in Oregon as a business lawyer and business executive, serving as general counsel of Red Lion Hotels, Inc. and Northwest Natural Gas Company, and as Executive Vice President of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. before becoming Managing Partner of the multi-state law firm, Stoel Rives, LLP. Throughout her career, Beth has served on multiple nonprofit Boards of Directors and has been an active volunteer for animal welfare organizations. In 2008, she moved to the San Diego area, where she lives with her husband, three dogs and her horse.


Wanda Cossette, Director of Finance & Administration
Wanda grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and moved to Florida as a young single mother. After ten years of working full-time and taking night classes, she graduated with honors from The University of Florida with a BA in Anthropology. In addition, she has an AS degree in Business Management from Santa Fe Community College and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Chapman College. Wanda has worked in the nonprofit sector for over thirty years for six different nonprofit organizations and has been at Project Wildlife since 2007. Since moving to San Diego in 1997, she has also worked as the Director of Operations for ElderHelp of San Diego and as the Business Manager for The San Diego Food Bank. She enjoys playing cards with friends, is the mother of two, grandmother of four and lives with her husband and two dogs.


Adrianna Lewis, Director of Volunteers & Programs
Adrianna has lived in San Diego since she was 12, so considers herself a native. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCSD with a BA in Anthropology, and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Medical Anthropology, specializing in Anthrozoology. Previous to Project Wildlife, she managed the volunteer programs at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and the North County Humane Society & SPCA. In her free time, Adrianna volunteers with a local nonprofit and makes jewelry. She is also currently working on a novel based on her experience in graduate school.


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.


Tj Rymoff, Director of Medical Care
Tj grew up on the east coast before relocating to San Diego. In addition to a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Anthropology and Sociology, she obtained a degree in Animal Health Technology. She worked at the San Diego Humane Society as a Registered Veterinary Technician and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park before coming to Project Wildlife. Tj has always had a passion for the natural world and a great love for the animals that inhabit it.


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.


Brittin Romero, Education Manager
Brittin was born and raised in San Diego, before moving to Chicago to earn her BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. During undergrad, she became interested in museum work, interning at the Museum of Man for several summers. After graduation, she nurtured her passion for non-profit work, while serving as a Literacy AmeriCorps member at READ/San Diego – an adult literacy program. This ignited an interest in Education, which she later focused on as she earned her MA in Museology at the University of Washington. She worked and interned at several museums – focusing on public engagement, education, and collection management – including: the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco; and the Museum of History and Industry and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. In her current role as Education Manager, she is excited to merge her love of informal learning and working with the public to promote exciting and engaging educational programming.


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.