Someone recently told me a bit about The Nature of Wildworks, a charitable organization in Topanga, California, that is dedicated to interactive wildlife education programs, to enhance our understanding and respect for wild animals while simultaneously ensuring lifetime quality care for non-releasable wild animals. The facility is currently home to 45 wild animals that have been displaced from zoos, confiscated from people who had been keeping them as illegal “pets,” or rescued orphaned and injured animals. Most of the species living out their lives here are native to California, including snakes, birds of prey, bobcat, coyote, wolf, fox, skunk, opossum, tortoise, and more…even a blind mountain lion named Pirate. These are well cared for and highly respected animals who also work hard in the field of education. Many of the animals make classroom visits to teach kids about the amazing world outside their doors, and how to take a stand and care for wildlife.
Volunteers make the world of Nature of Wildworks go ’round, including direct animal care (after appropriate training classes and orientation). There is also volunteer need for such tasks as wildlife presentation, fundraising, clerical/office, construction, grant writing, advertising, or some other as-yet-unthought-of way for you to contribute your talents and passion. Check them out…WRITE a check to support them (tax-deductible), and align yourself with their mission to make sure we all respect and care for wild animals.
Video below is of Pirate, the blind mountain lion, and his pumpkin…LOVE HIM!!!