Save the Animals and the Wildlife Learning Center!
Wildlife Learning Center’s (WLC) mission is to rescue and provide lifetime sanctuary to wild animals in need and to offer public education in the life sciences, conservation, and to value the environment we share.
Dozens of animals come to WLC from unfortunate situations. Some were confiscated from people who kept them as illegal pets, such as our kinkajou, alligators, fennec fox, squirrel monkey, and sloth. Others come from pet owners who no longer could or wanted to care for their animals and relinquished their pets to WLC, such as our macaws, pythons, and tortoises. WLC also gives sanctuary to injured animals who can no longer survive in the wild, such as our bald eagles, owls, red-tailed hawks, and gray fox. Our staff of biologists is dedicated to giving life-long care to these animals that are in need of a permanent home.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year go directly towards caring for our animals. These costs do not include general and administrative costs, office supplies, vehicle costs, and other expenses that are required to operate WLC every day. Your tax-deductible donation helps support the care of dozens of rescued and rehabilitated animals. These donations cover veterinary care and daily animal care, enclosure construction and maintenance, and partially funds education programs and some general operating costs.
Our Educational History and Staff
Since 1998, WLC has provided over 20,000 educational presentations to mostly disadvantaged (Title I) Los Angeles area elementary school children. Each WLC staff member has, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in biology and experience working with children. We teach children directly from the California State Science Standards for the Life Sciences, utilizing our animals as living visual aids. WLC has educated hundreds of thousands of school children in the life sciences and has emphasized the value of our protecting our environment and our natural heritage.
Our Funding Struggles
WLC's fundraising entity, Wildlife Learning Foundation, is a non-profit 501(c)3 run by a Board of Directors, 10 staff biologists, 22 volunteers, and an intern. We rely on general admission fees, education programs, and donors to raise funds for WLC.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year go directly to the care of the animals. Ongoing fundraising pays for veterinary care, daily animal care, healthy and varied diets, behavioral enrichment, enclosure construction and maintenance. Funds are also raised to support school outreach programs and for general operating costs. Your tax-deductible donation ensures these displaced animals receive the highest quality care possible and a home for life.
Our Plea for Help
Due to the ongoing recession, we have struggled to raise all of the funds needed to keep up with our expenses. WLC must raise an additional $48,000 to fill the gap in our 2013 budget deficit, to ensure the future of these animals and to allow WLC to continue to serve our community.
We do not want to compromise giving the highest quality health care, behavioral enrichment, diets, and attention to these deserving animals, but our passionate and caring staff cannot do it alone--we need your help immediately!
It is hard to imagine what will happen to these wonderful animals if we do not receive funding for their care.
Please click on the You Tube link below to see BETTY WHITE's plea to help Wildlife Learning Center!
Please help us give these animals a home, care, enrichment, and love. Everyone is welcome to visit WLC and even your admission fees help support our mission. Donors are warmly welcomed to come meet the animals and hear their stories.
Your Donation Will Make a Difference!