At New Mexico Wildlife Center our mission is to connect people and wildlife for an abundant tomorrow whether through our education programs or our wildlife hospital. Our wildlife hospital takes in injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife from all over New Mexico with the goal of rehabilitation and release back into the wild. In 2020, we had a record year with close to 1,000 patients admitted. Of those, our most common intakes were Desert Cottontails, House Finches, and Rock Squirrels. Squirrels and chipmunks are some of the most common species we receive every year, especially during the baby season! A combined number of 135 squirrels and chipmunks were admitted to our hospital from 2018-2020. Without our wildlife hospital, many of those individuals would have been left to starve, suffering a slow, painful death in the wild.
We Need Your Help
We’re currently preparing for baby season (which generally starts in April) and we need your help. Our current outdoor spaces for rehabilitating squirrels have reached the end of their lifespans and we need to replace them. These outdoor enclosures provide a large space for juvenile squirrels to practice climbing, digging, jumping, and foraging before release into the wild. Without these new outdoor spaces, we will not be able to take in any squirrels to our hospital. That means dozens of orphaned baby squirrels left out in the wild, unable to care for themselves.
In order to have the proper enclosures for this baby season, we need $20,000. All donations, no matter how small, will help us reach our goal. We will be posting updates about the progress of the enclosures as well as some success stories about the adorable squirrels and chipmunks you will have helped by contributing to this campaign. With a donation of $1,000 you will be eligible to accompany our rehabilitators on a release of the squirrels you have helped.
Please consider giving whatever you can to help us help the squirrels! From all of us here at New Mexico Wildlife Center, thank you for your support.
About the Enclosures
We will be purchasing enclosures from Corners Limited (cornerslimited.com), a common cage-building company used by major zoos, wildlife centers, and sanctuaries. By purchasing from this company, we are confident knowing these spaces will be both safe and long-lasting.
While we will eventually need six enclosures, we will be purchasing four enclosures for this season: one for tree Squirrels, one for chipmunks, and two for Rock Squirrels. All enclosures will come with an added wire mesh bottom and a double door system, both included for added safety. The cost of these four enclosures will be approiximately $17,000. The added $3,000 will help fund the remaining two enclosures we need for next season.