Wild animals, they touch our hearts, embrace our souls, and provide memories of a lifetime. But when that memory is of a sick or injured wild animal that has to be euthanized because there is no one to help return it to its natural home, that memory is heartbreaking.
The White Mountain Wildlife and Nature Center (WMNC) is working to change that singular outcome. Efforts to create a rehabilitation center that will be able to take in those sick and injured wild animals is currently in the works at the WMNC’s new facility at 425 South Woodland Road in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona.
WMNC’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility will be true to the wild side of animals in need with the motivation to take care of them until the time that it is determined that they can be returned to their natural habitat. This is a vision that is needed in our local White Mountain communities.
Jeff Wolf, the newest addition to the WMNC Board of Directors and overseer of the rehabilitation facility project, has already been involved locally, with a release of an Osprey, relocation of a Northern Saw-Whet Owl, and has provided information on what to do when you find baby wildlife. Jeff brings an extensive wildlife background with him to the WMNC.
He has worked hands on with the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Desert Big Horn Sheep Society, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Black Footed Ferret Program.
This facility, as do all things worthwhile, comes with a cost. Animal specific enclosures and flight pens need to be built, electricity needs to be run, water piped to the pens, and storage units for supplies need to be constructed.
As we move towards realizing the operation of a local wildlife rehabilitation facility, we would like to ask you for your help in making this dream come true. The following are ways that you can be a part of our journey to help injured and sick wildlife:
Make a Donation to Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program
Every little bit helps. We thank you for your support as do the bunnies, the deer, and all our forest friends that need you when they are down.
Other Wildlife Rehabilitation Organizations
Susan Taggart: A wildlife rehabilitator and has helped heal and release countless animals in the White Mountains.
White Mountain Reptile Rescue: Please consider a “warm-blooded” donation to help White Mountains reptiles.