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.
These baby opossums have a second chance at life! Their mom was, unfortunately, killed by a car but these babies survived protected in her pouch. They are doing well and learning to take formula from a syringe.
Great guesses! This one was a bit of a challenge because it is a young bird with down feathers and a short tail. This picture is of a recent female American Kestrel patient. Kestrel males and females look different... males are more gray with black markings on the wings and females look like the pictures posted here. 🙂
Colors tell me raptor, down says newly fledged or near fledging. The problem is the feather patterns of the tail don't show up in the field guides, which often are poor for helping to ID baby birds. Short tail..I'm guessing merlin.
If you find wildlife in distress call a licensed wildlife rehabber immediately! Even holding on to an animal for just a day or two can cause irreversible damage and hinder a potential successful release. Thank you!
Almost ready for release! This Western Gray Squirrel has been through a lot in her young, short life. She came into the clinic in the beginning of June with her eyes just opened. A cat had removed her from the nest and killed her sibling. It was too risky to try to reunite her with her mom for fear she would suffer the same fate as her sibling. So she has grown up in our care and is now in an outside pre-release cage. We love our kitty friends but please keep your cats indoors or at least in a catio space. It is safer for them (they won’t get hit by cars, lost, or get diseases) and it’s safer for wildlife too! Win-win!
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Video of our local wildlife! ❤️ If you’re ever in Morro Bay, these White Pelicans are usually easy to spot from a kayak. They are huge birds weighing on average of 14 pounds with an 8 foot wingspan.
Central Coast Outdoors It's a white pelican party! White pelicans, unlike brown pelicans, do not dive for their food. They cooperate to surround fish in shallow water, scooping them into their pouches. A much more gentle lifestyle! This group spends much of the year on Morro Bay, heading inland to freshwater only to nest and raise their young before coming back to the estuary. ... See MoreSee Less