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Mission Statement

The Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue & Education Center, is dedicated to:

The rescue and rehabilitation of injured and/or orphaned urban wildlife (endangered and otherwise) with the goal of releasing the animal back into the wild, giving it a second chance at life, and reducing the human impact on the environment through habitat preservation and native plant restoration.

Inspiring youth through education programs teaching the importance of protecting the environment for our own sake, as well as the health of our planet. Through classroom and community center visits, we try to spark the imagination of inner-city kids about new possibilities in the environment they share with animals and about how, and why they should protect it. One point we emphasize is; if this little beastie, given a second chance, can beat those same mean streets, you can too, young human.

Humane solutions to wildlife issues in our cities: Education and referral of the general public on how to solve conflicts between humans and wildlife in a humane manner. We give step-by-step instruction on how to humanely solve these problems without the involvement of a trapper or pest-control exterminator. We will often make visits to a home in order to humanely solve the problem.

We are 100% volunteer-run and donation-funded. We receive no tax support or government funding.


The Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue (pronounced "ig-dra-sil" from the mythological stories of the "World Tree") is a wildlife rehabilitation and public education center serving Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding cities in the San Francisco Bay Area in the state of California.


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