Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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Mission Statement

Increasing the chances of wildlife survival through rehabilitation and public education.

Description

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.

Program Details

EDUCATION
TWRC provides an educational component to our rehabilitation center as a way of preventing future human wildlife interactions through public outreach.
· We provide expert advice to people who want to reduce human-wildlife conflicts on their property and learn how to co-exist.
· We provide education to people who have found an animal in need of care
· We provide professional presentations to the community on topics such as coexistence, wildlife friendly management tools and reduction of human-wildlife conflict.
PARTNERSHIPS
TWRC partners with local and state organizations to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Partnership solutions include wildlife crossing structures and warning signs along busy roads, protection of vital wildlife movement corridors, fence removal or modification, and habitat restoration. TWRC not only rehabilitates animals, but is also proactive in preventing human-wildlife conflict.
INTERNSHIPS
TWRC provides opportunities for students, aspiring wildlife rehabilitators, and biologists to further their knowledge and experience of working directly with wildlife. These opportunities not only provide TWRC with extra support, but they provide students and volunteers an experience unlike any other, in an area world-renowned for its intact ecosystem and diverse wildlife.
Please note that we are still developing our internship program. Inquiries are more than welcome, but right now our focus is on completing our facility.
CAPTIVE BREEDING
One of the highest aspirations for TWRC is to develop a captive breeding and restoration program for threatened, endangered and sensitive species in the West. This program is being developed in close cooperation with our state and federal partners.
Primary Issue
Wildlife
Address
PO Box 7171
Jackson, WY 83002
United States
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