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I found a baby .....
Veterinarian care
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Raptor Diet
The Starfish story
Rehab Organizations
Ethics
Schweitzer Prayer
Education
 
 
 
 

 

Raising and releasing Orphaned and Injured raptors with the highest regard to ethics and their welfare 

It takes teamwork

The Oklahoma Raptor Center has worked since 1990 to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wildlife.

It takes someone who finds an animal in need of help, and who cares enough to take action.  It takes a veterinarian who has extensive wildlife experience and who will take the time from their paying practice to save these wonderful creatures.  And lastly it takes a wildlife rehabilitator who has the training, skills, time and facilities to rehab the animal and release it back into the wild.

 What is Wildlife Rehabilitation? 

It takes well-trained, caring and motivated people giving their time to care for injured, orphaned or sick animals and restore them to health. Rehabbers work hand-in-hand with veterinarians and others to raise, train and/or restore the ability to live in the wild. This takes an individual who cares enough to get involved in rescuing the animal and seeking a rehabber or wildlife veterinarian. It takes a veterinarian who is dedicated to the concept of caring for the injured and ill wildlife, and rehabbers who are willing to raise, care for and teach the animals to live in the wild. This is long hard work, often the only reward is a 30 second release where the animal is returned to where it belongs.  It's long hours, sleep deprivation, and having to make life and death decisions.  

The only reward is in your heart.

 
 Wildlife in Peril

Why do wild animals require rehabilitation?  Most wild animals are admitted to rehabilitation centers due (either directly or indirectly) because of humans.  We all have a duty and responsibility to do whatever it takes to give them a second chance.   Often they are struck by cars, had their nesting tree cut down, have flown into power lines, guy wires,  barbed wire fences, been shot, poisoned by industrial chemicals, or poisoned by bait left for pigeons or rats. [more]

 
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