Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center was established in 2014 with the mission to increase the chances of wildlife survival through rehabilitation and education. Since we achieved 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2015, it has been a primary objective to establish partnerships within the community and provide information to locals and visitors about wildlife ecology to prevent human-wildlife conflict. Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center received International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council accreditation in 2016 and was also gifted a generous three-acre land donation in Driggs, Idaho for the building of an animal hospital. Since then, we have been able to expand our efforts to respond to rehabilitation needs through staff training, designing a high quality facility, and consulting on best practices with licensed wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians. Additionally, we have recruited 20 local volunteers for rehabilitation efforts, including daily animal care, and event assistance. Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s foremost objective for 2020 is to complete our facility with a state-of-the-art wildlife hospital so that we may expand our provision of exceptional veterinary and rehabilitative care to patients while increasing our capacity to fulfill our greater mission.
Without Idaho and Wyoming’s abundant wildlife, these states would lose their innate character, heritage, and a large portion of their economy. TWRC believes that a successful wildlife rehabilitation facility will reduce the burden on Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and Idaho Fish and Game Department (IFGD) staff who must respond to calls regarding injured animals. Wildlife rehabilitation offers an avenue for the public to connect with wildlife by contributing to saving an individual animal and by learning the importance of healthy wildlife populations. TWRC’s efforts will help increase the understanding of human-wildlife conflicts which often lead to the injury of animals.
· Currently, neither the Idaho Department of Fish and Game nor the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have the resources to rehabilitate injured wildlife that are brought to their attention.
· We are one of two facilities that rehabilitates and releases mammals within 450 miles, and the only facility within 400 miles that is licensed to rehabilitate and release migratory birds.
· We believe that the rehabilitation of native wildlife will contribute to healthy wildlife populations, inspire and educate the public, and reduce the number of carcasses along roads.
· Our strategically located facility fills a gap in the western United States for wildlife to be rehabilitated and released in an area where there is not only immense interaction between humans and wildlife, but in a region renowned for wildlife itself.