Wildlife Learning Center Needs Your Support To Care For Animals

URGENT need for funding rescued animals like a baby monkey abandoned by its mom and a bald eagle with a permanently injured wing that needs life-long care.
David Riherd
Sylmar, California
United States
5 Team Members

Save the Animals and the Wildlife Learning Center!

                                   Our Mission

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!


It's easy to redeem your perks, just contact Wildlife Learning Center at info@wildlifelearningcenter.com or call 818-362-8711. Thank you for your support!




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raised by 506 people in 2 months
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$48,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 3, 2013
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  • $15USD
    Arctic fox - Nanuk

    Nanuk was rescued from a fur farm in Minnesota. At this funding level you will receive a photo of an animal you helped care for, and an official certificate of sponsorship. We will also post a thank you linking your Facebook page to our Facebook page.

    113 claimed
  • $25USD
    Red-Tailed Hawk - Willow

    Willow was hit by a car and suffered a severely broken wing that required amputation. At this funding level you will receive all of the perks from the Arctic fox funding level + 4 free passes to WLC.

    68 claimed
  • $50USD
    Squirrel Monkey - Eddie

    Eddie was rescued from an ophthalmology lab after they discontinued breeding monkeys for research. At this funding level you will receive all of the perks from Red-Tailed Hawk funding level + one $25 Animal Experience. Animal experiences are special one-on-one meet and greets with certain WLC animal ambassadors. Please see our website for details.

    25 claimed
  • $100USD
    American Alligator - Fluffy

    Fluffy was illegally kept as a pet in someone’s bathtub. At this funding level you will receive all of the perks from the Squirrel Monkey funding level + an additional $25 Animal Experience credit.

    11 claimed
  • $500USD
    Bald Eagle - Dakota

    Dakota sustained a permanent wing injury during a storm in Alaska. At this funding level you will receive all of the perks from the American Alligator funding level + a free Behind The Scenes interactive tour for you and three friends!

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Siberian Lynx - Boomer

    At this funding level you will receive all of the perks from the Bald Eagle funding level plus enter Boomer's habitat to meet this beautiful predator, take pictures with him, and even touch his thick, soft coat + a large plaque recognizing your generosity to be displayed in our learning pavilion. One of our cofounders would like to meet and thank you in person!

    7 claimed
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