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Giving Nature a Helping Hand

We give mother nature a helping hand by raising and rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife so they may be released back to the wild. Our 27-acre site includes a state-of-the-art animal care facility as well as sophisticated enclosures, allowing us to care for–and successfully release–more injured and orphaned animals.



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Community Education

What’s New

You’re Invited to the Wild Wonders Learning Series! 🐻

We’ve revamped Wildlife Wednesday with exciting changes! Now, we have sessions every other week on both Wednesday and Sunday, with family-friendly fun and expert talks on local conservation efforts!

Join us for our first session this Sunday, July 7th, at 2:00 PM at 1551 AL Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a fascinating hour with Kit Ellsworth and meet Porky, our Porcupine Ambassador!

Free Admission, but donations are greatly appreciated. All revenue directly helps save our local wildlife populations through our wildlife hospital.

🪑 Bring camp chairs
🚗 Limited parking – please carpool or bike
🐶 No dogs, please
🌧 Rain or shine – we’ll move indoors if needed

Seating is limited, so arrive early! Learn more with the link in our bio! #tahoe #laketahoe

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🎆 Happy 4th of July from Phoenix the Red-Tailed Hawk!✨ Join Phoenix as he shares an important message about celebrations today.

This Fourth of July, let’s extend our care to all wildlife, big and small. While fireworks light up the sky, they also bring pollution and fear to wildlife and pets. The loud noises and bright lights can disorient animals, causing them to panic and putting their safety at risk—running into traffic, buildings, and windows, even leading some to abandon their young.

Instead of fireworks, let’s explore alternative ways to celebrate. Whether through community gatherings, parades, or enjoying the natural beauty around us, we can minimize our impact on the environment and our wild neighbors.

Wishing everyone a safe and meaningful Fourth of July! 🎉

#fourthofjuly #wildlife #animals #bird #environment

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Urgent Help Needed: Feed Our Baby Songbirds!

We are almost completely out of mealworms, and our baby birds are hungry! These little ones consume 1,000 - 2,000 mealworms daily. Despite our best efforts, our supplier is experiencing extreme delays, and nearly 100% of the mealworms delivered have arrived dead.

We`ve exhausted all local options in South Lake Tahoe and are now making two-hour round trips to out-of-town pet stores to get more.

This is where we need your help! If you have a Petco or a local pet store near you, please consider donating live mealworms, superworms, wax worms, or crickets and dropping them off at our center.

📍 Location: 1551 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe
🕗 Drop Off Hours: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Daily

Your contribution will have an immediate impact on these vulnerable patients. Thank you for your support!

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Did you guess correctly? It’s a Northern Flying Squirrel! We’re currently caring for two of these incredible species. Meet #24-182, rescued after being found orphaned on a golf course, and #24-217, who arrived emaciated and orphaned. Our dedicated team is providing round-the-clock care, focusing on rehydration and frequent feedings.

At this young age, both squirrels wouldn’t have survived in the wild, and now they have a second chance at life! 🌟 Will you help support our efforts to save wildlife like them?

#wildlife #animal #environment #conservation #rodent #laketahoe

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New Species Alert! 🌟 Can you guess this patient?

Here are a few hints:
1. It’s a small, nocturnal mammal.
2. Known for its ability to glide through the air using a membrane called a patagium.
3. They are found in forested areas and are excellent climbers.

Comment your guesses below! 🐿️💫

#wildlife #animal #environment #conservation #rodent #laketahoe

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Happy American Eagle Day! Meet our ambassador, the Bald Eagle named Em. Did you know that Bald Eagles, our national symbol, are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald Eagle Protection Act? 🦅

This protection was crucial because, at one point, Bald Eagles were on the brink of extinction. Before the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, over 100,000 bounties were paid in Alaska to people who killed Bald Eagles, as they were seen as threats to livestock or hunting competition. Later, DDT use in agriculture further decimated their population.

Fortunately, thanks to these protections, wild populations have made a remarkable recovery, and Bald Eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007!

#wildlife #bird #conservation #earth #animal #environment

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Did you guess the species correctly? It`s a House Wren!

These little ones are currently being cared for in our wildlife hospital. They arrived as unexpected stowaways after their nest was discovered on a trailer. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to keep them fed and happy, with feedings every 30 minutes from sunrise to sunset. Once they learn to self-feed, build their flight muscles, and acclimate to the weather, they`ll be ready for their journey back to the wild!

#wildlife #bird #songbird #animal #conservation

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Can you guess the species? Here are some unique hints! ✨

This bird thrives in high-altitude environments, where it builds its nests using moss and lichens, perfectly blending with rocky landscapes. Despite its small size, it’s incredibly agile, darting through dense vegetation with ease.

Have any guesses yet?🐦

#wildlife #bird #conservation #earth #animal #environment

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Snack time is the best time!! 🥕🤎

#wildlife #porcupine #animal #wild #wildliferehab
#conservation #environment

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Take a look at patient #24-40 (Eaglet #19) as it grows! At first, it had soft, white down feathers for warmth, but not flight. Now it`s swapping them for darker, sturdier juvenile feathers, crucial for flying. Check out the transformation in the photo!

#wildlife #eaglet #conservation #eagle #animal #bird

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Are you interested in volunteering? Applications are NOW open! Visit the link in our bio to learn more about how you can get involved with LTWC and make a meaningful difference in the lives of our wildlife patients!

This year brings a significant change: volunteer applications will be ongoing and continuous, marking a milestone worth celebrating!

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Roses can be prickly just like Porky, but the heart wants what it wants 🌹💛

#porcupine #ambassador #animal #conservation

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Living with Wildlife in the Tahoe Basin

The Lake Tahoe region is known as being one of the most beautiful places on earth, known for its stunning natural splendor. It’s no surprise that so many people chose to live and visit here! Wildlife are a fundamental part of our region’s environment, and knowing that we are sharing the area with so many beautiful animals is part of what makes this area so special for many of us. Yet, sharing our space with wildlife can bring its own set of challenges. Our bears are adept at getting human food from trash containers, woodpeckers can become house-peckers, and your dog may just come home with a face full of quills if she gets too close to a porcupine. Click below to learn more about the most common human-wildlife conflicts in our area and what you can do to avoid or address these issues yourself.

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