Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to wildlife rescue and wildlife conservation.

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

      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 1,700 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 blog on facebook.  We also save wildlife through prevention of wildlife disease and control of environmental toxins.  View some of the species we save on this page.

Rescue and Repair of Box Turtles
hit by Vehicles
  Box turtle shells are made of bone and will heal if repaired properly.   The  pieces of bone must be stabilized by splinting with acrylic.   After 4 months of healing, this box turtle is ready for release.  
Rescue and Rehabilitation of orphans

  Orphaned newly hatched screech owls    
  Eastern screech owl hatchlings found after the tree containing their nest was cut down.   Orphan screech owls raised at the center and ready for release.  

Advice for Veterinarians
and Wildlife Rehabilitators
Basic Stabilization of Wildlife Manual

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."   Mahatma Gandhi

For Advice About Wildlife Issues or Concerns, or for Wildlife Emergencies,
Please call 540-837-9000
Ensuring wildlife diversity through native wildlife rescue and release
Bobcat Kitten   Barn Owls
River otter   Orphan gray foxes
Raising Orphans   Wild animals become orphaned when their parents are killed or their dens or nests 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.
  Red-shouldered hawk chick   Feeding orphan raccoon  
  Feeding baby birds   Bobcat kitten  
  Orphan big brown bat   Orphan Eastern screech owls  



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