Wildlife rehabilitation is the process of caring for injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals with the goal of releasing these animals back into the wild.
These wild species have very different needs than our pets. They require specialized care given by trained professionals. Wild animals can be dangerous and must be handled with care to prevent injury, and also to prevent the spread of disease. Handling by humans must be minimized to prevent stress which can be deadly. Special care must be taken not to tame these animals because their chances of survival after release are greater if they avoid people.
The BRWC employs skilled wildlife rehabilitators to care for rescued wildlife, and we have specialized caging for a wide variety of species. The Center rescues and rehabilitates more than 1,800 mammals, birds, and reptiles each year. We save thousands more through advice given over our wildlife hotline and through our education programs, newsletters, and our posts on Facebook. We also save wildlife through prevention of wildlife disease and control of environmental toxins.
Raising Orphans: Wild animals become orphaned when their parents are killed or their dens or nests are destroyed. This is usually accidental, but when it happens, someone needs to step in and raise the babies and release them back into the wild to carry on for their species. This needs to be done by professionals who have the necessary training and supplies to successfully raise and release orphaned wildlife.
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center -- Ensuring wildlife diversity through native wildlife rescue and release!