800+ strong and growing! Members, donors, volunteers & staff working together to support the wildlife of San Luis Obispo County through rehabilitation and educational outreach.
Pacific Wildlife Care is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
What We Do
We treat nearly 3,000 wild animal patients every year, from over 200 different species. Our goal? To return healthy animals to the wild! We also provide educational presentations for local organizations and schools.
[Wildlife rehabilitation] "is a process of coming to know something quite unlike you, to understand it well enough not only to keep it alive but also to put it back, like a puzzle piece, into the gap in the world it left behind."
-- Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
Register to attend a volunteer opportunities orientation (VOO) and start making a difference in the well being of our local wildlife. Check out our event calendar for the next VOO.
$15,000 reward for information on the killing of California Condor #526. We see gunshot raptors far too often and the loss of a Condor is especially upsetting...https://lpfw.org/in-memory-of-condor-52...
Learning about the physical adaptations of wildlife is fascinating stuff and a topic we like discussing in our education programs. One of our favorite adaptations to talk about are the baffles that Falcons have in their nares (bird nostrils).. This is Gavin, our Peregrine Falcon ambassador who is not releasable due to a wing fracture that did not heal correctly. Notice the little point in the center of his nare? That is actually a boney structure called a ‘baffle’ which allows air to circulate properly through the lungs & air sacs so the bird can breathe while sustaining speeds over 200mph. Have you ever stuck your head out of a moving car window and tried to breathe but instead choked on air? The same thing used to happen to airplane turbines that exceeded certain speeds in the 1950’s & 60’s before engineers applied this baffle system to all modern-day jets. This method of incorporating designs from nature into modern engineering is called biomimicry. So the next time you fly in an airplane you can thank falcons for its efficiency! #Falcon #AmazingNature #Biomimicry #PeregrineFalcon ... See MoreSee Less
Freedom Friday! This Western Screech Owl was found on the side of the road most likely having been hit by a car. An examination by our veterinarian revealed a broken leg which was successfully treated. He spent some time healing and recovering in our flights and is now back in his home territory 🙂. Good luck out there little yet fierce owl!
If you follow this page, surely you’ve seen multiple stories about the dangers of glue traps. This post is to remind you that any sticky material can be a potential trap!
This adorable juvenile Eastern Milksnake was caught on a piece of duct tape that was being used on a building site in a house. Luckily, the animal-loving finders did the right thing and called for advice!
We always advise people to leave the animal on the trap in a box for transport to the Center. This keeps them calm, quiet, and still while they await care.
Attempting to remove trapped animals at home often leads to other issues such as the stress of over-handling, skin tears, pulled feathers, or leaves us with an animal covered in oil. Animals that groom well, such as birds and bats, can become severely ill or die from oil ingestion by the time they come in for care.
This snake was removed in under a minute, given subcutaneous fluids, and monitored for 24 hours before being released back where he was found.
Please remember to use items like tape, contact paper, and other adhesives responsibly. If they are not in use, dispose of them so that wildlife cannot get to it!