"Our mission is to educate the public about man's impact on the environment and mitigate that impact through care and rehabilitation of native wildlife."
The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center serves injured and orphaned wildlife throughout Southern California. In 1990, 400,000 gallons of Alaskan crude oil were spilled off the coast of Huntington Beach, sickening over 1,200 birds. Less than half of the effected bird survived treatment at a makeshift facility.
As a result, the Alliance for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education and the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy began taking steps to provide a permanent facility capable of responding to the wildlife injured in daily encounters with humans and future toxic spills.
On March 31, 1998, with the assistance of the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Southern California Edison and others, the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center(WWCC) opened its doors in Huntington Beach.
The WWCC is capable of rehabilitating over 400 animals at a time. The facility is equipped with animal washing stations, a hospital, indoor and outdoor caging area to prepare food and a large storage container. The treatment and rehabilitation areas are closed to the general public, but tours may be arranged. Please call for details.
The Center has evolved over the years into a sophisticated network of rehabilitation professionals and volunteers, unique to the southland in accessibility, expertise and results. We are proud of the dedicated veterinarians, trained wildlife technicians and certified volunteers who make our success possible.
The Center is continually expanding to better serve the needs of Orange County and the surrounding areas. Please join the effort to coexist with local wildlife. Volunteer your time or make a donation. Support your wildlife center!
Board of Directors
Greg Hickman - Director Educator
Debbie McGuire - Director Hospital Administrator, All Creatures Care Cottage
Anne Stratton-Secretary Board Member
Gordon Smith, PhD - Director Educator, California State University
Kelly Beavers- Director of Education Education/Community Outreach