Who We Are

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.

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Why It Matters

[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

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19 hours ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

Despite what this cougar has been through recently, she is still thriving. 🙂 ❤️P-65 is a young female that is one of the 11 mountain lions we were tracking in or around the fire perimeter when the Woolsey Fire broke out. She managed to survive the fire, but her entire home range is within the burn area, so we've been interested to learn how she might change her movements, if at all. It's been a few months now and she continues to spend all of her time within the fire perimeter, likely finding unburned portions and opportunities to prey on mule deer in the area. She mostly sticks to the coastal areas west of Las Virgenes Road. Our biologist recently recaptured her to replace her radio collar and reported that she's looking healthy and weighed in at 85 lbs! This photo is from that recent capture. -Ranger Kate ... See MoreSee Less

Despite what this cougar has been through recently, she is still thriving.  🙂 ❤️

 

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She's beautiful!

Beautiful girl!

Great update. Good news

What a beauty!

2 days ago

Pacific Wildlife Care

🥳🐣<3 EXCITING BABY NEWS: Wisdom's chick has hatched! At least 68 years old, the Laysan albatross and world’s oldest known, banded wild bird's chick is currently being cared for by her mate, Akeakamai. The chick hatched this week at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. <3🐥🎉 Read more: https://rebrand.ly/wisdom-f2019 [Photo description: First family photo: Wisdom's mate stands over the newly hatched chick. Credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS] #WednesdayWisdom Friends of Midway Atoll NWR Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Friends of Hawaiian Islands U.S. Department of the Interior USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Pacific Region ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Amazing

Incredible!

Wow!

Wow! That’s a resilient mom!

❤️❤️Happy Valentines Day!!❤️❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

❤️❤️Happy Valentines Day!!❤️❤️

 

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Emilio Garza Briana Skye I wanna throw up in your mouths

Nature is so majestic.

Sounds about right

We are continuing to get in oiled seabirds from our beaches. These birds would die if not rescued. The oil is naturally occurring seepage from the ocean floor which is stirred to the surface during storms. The Western Grebes pictured here have been stabilized and washed and are now spending time in one of our outdoor pools. You can see the birds preening their feathers which is how they regain their waterproofing so essential to survival on the open ocean. Only after they can remain warm and dry for a period of time in the pools will they be considered for release. Thanks to everyone who has donated to us so far! Your donations help to ensure these birds have a second chance and can be released back to the wild.

www.pacificwildlifecare.org/make-a-donation/

#grebe #wildlife #seabird #pelagic #wildliferescue #oiled #oiledbird
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These might be some of the grebes I helped wash ❤️

Several in our so nj lagoons this jan n feb, fun to watch them.

I love watching grebes preen.

I noticed at least a dozen grebes grouped all together last week near the sea otters at the South T-Pier, usually only see 1 or 2 at a time. I took photos and looked closely 3X the size, couldn't see any oil, but maybe it would be hard to detect in photographs. Any suggestions on what we should look for? Thank you for all you do!

This unusual patient, a Long-tailed Duck, was brought to our clinic from Oceano. Her legs were not functioning properly and she has some issues with poor feather condition. Long-tailed Ducks breed high in the arctic and come south to spend the winter along our coast. They are diving sea ducks and are not seen here in large numbers. The name comes from the very long, thin, upright tail feathers of the male that can extend as much as a foot beyond his body. About the size of a crow, Long-tailed Ducks are known for their odd, incessant, chicken-like calls. This little female has on pink booties to protect her feet from injury while she is recovering.

#longtailedduck #wildliferescue #wildlife #duck #wildliferehab #oceano
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This unusual patient, a Long-tailed Duck, was brought to our clinic from Oceano. Her legs were not functioning properly and she has some issues with poor feather condition. Long-tailed Ducks breed high in the arctic and come south to spend the winter along our coast. They are diving sea ducks and are not seen here in large numbers. The name comes from the very long, thin, upright tail feathers of the male that can extend as much as a foot beyond his body. About the size of a crow, Long-tailed Ducks are known for their odd, incessant, chicken-like calls. This little female has on pink booties to protect her feet from injury while she is recovering.

#longtailedduck #wildliferescue #wildlife #duck #wildliferehab #oceano

 

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That is interesting . Hope the little critter recovers!

Cool, I've never see one of these. Hope she's OK and you can find other LTDUs when she's ready for release.

Bless you little one!

Very interesting!

Cutie!

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