In an increasingly urbanized world, people are less likely to have personal knowledge of and experience with nature and wildlife. When they encounter wildlife in their communities, people both want and need information about how to co-exist with their wild neighbors. Reducing human wildlife conflicts can help both wildlife and humans.
Pacific Wildlife Care's goal is to provide this critical education which helps reduce human-wildlife conflicts and expands the sense of stewardship of the natural world. We do this by providing the following:
Our Hotline and Educational volunteers provide valuable assistance and advice to growing numbers of people who value wildlife and make personal efforts to help wild animals in need. Helping wildlife in need is not an easy task. Working with wildlife requires specialized knowledge, skill, and facilities. Potential dangers exist for the public, domestic animals, and wildlife when untrained and uninformed people attempt to provide care for wildlife.
The Pacific Wildlife Care staff rehabilitators train volunteers to provide specialized care that reduces risks to humans and animals, and increases the chances for the animal’s return to health and successful release back to the wild.
Part of the PWC mission is to promote wildlife conservation by teaching children and adults about the beauty and value of our wildlife. California's wildlife belongs to us all, and we want to encourage stewardship and appreciation of our native species and ecosystems. As the continuing loss of habitat brings wildlife in contact with people now more than ever before, it is imperative we communicate the importance of protecting natural spaces for wildlife and ways to better coexist.
To help achieve this goal, we travel throughout the county with our education animals (Animal Ambassadors), providing safe and fun wildlife encounters. In booth programs and presentations for schools, Scout troops, organizations and various private groups, we share the stories of these animals that cannot do so for themselves.