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Promoting the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, public education and non-invasive research
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WHWRC), was founded in 1983 and is a non-profit organization licensed by the State of Washington. WHWRC is located on 40 acres on San Juan Island, Washington, with different zones for birds, terrestrial mammals and marine mammals on the property. As a general rehab center, we care for a wide range of birds and mammals, marine mammals, and even an occasional reptile or amphibian. We treat 600 to 1000 animals per year, representing approximately 220 species. The majority are from San Juan, Skagit, Island, and Whatcom Counties; over 50% come from Skagit County. We receive injured or sick animals throughout the year, but in spring and summer we also take in youngsters that have been orphaned or separated from their parents, so this is our busy "Baby Season".
Our goal is to treat all wild animals that we receive and release them back into the wild. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Some animals die and others are too sick or badly injured to be treated and successfully released.
From our mission statement you can see that in addition to rehab, Wolf Hollow is also involved in Education and Research.
Education - Public education is a very important part of our work at Wolf Hollow. Our aim is to help people become more aware of the wildlife living around them, and understand the impacts of human activities on these animals and their habitats. We hope that people will then make efforts to reduce their impacts on wildlife and the environment, and pass this information on to other people. Our education coordinator gives presentations to clubs and other organizations, works with local schools, produces educational materials, and provides interpretive information for display at local events.
Research - A few small scale research projects have been carried out at Wolf Hollow over the years. The aim of this non-invasive research is to gather information that will enable us to improve our care techniques and increase the post-release survival of animals we have rehabilitated. We also maintain contact with other wildlife rehabilitation centers to learn from the results of the work they have carried out.