WELCOME to CWC's Youth Wildlife Rescue Blog

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CWC's Youth Wildlife Rescue Blog invites young people to have fun and get involved with the work of California Wildlife Center whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured, abandoned or sick native wildlife and marine mammals from the greater Los Angeles area. Come and get involved yourself or with your school and help our local wildlife. The Wildlife Center has taken in 19,000+ wild animals since its opening in 1998 and relies solely on public donations and grants. CWC is located in a quiet part of the Santa Monica mountains in Calabasas. Please visit our website at www.californiawildlifecenter.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you on this blog!


We have a brand new website! Check it out! www.cawildlife.org It's awesome!!!

Check out some of our Fall rescues and patients!

Our Grey squirrels are finally rehabbed! See there release below!

Check out Charlie, the elephant seal pups rescue and release back into the wild!

Thank all of you who attended our 13th Annual Wild Brunch fundraiser in September at Gulls Way Estate in Malibu! It was a huge success because of you!

Check out our first, ever Big Free-tailed bat!

Our November 2010 Coyote rehab and release video is finally done. Check it out in our new posts section below. The video of our 5 rehabbed fawns is also up.

Thank you to everyone that turned out for our Wild Brunch on August 22nd. It was a smashing success! Check out Mike Hayward's photos of the event.

Thanks to everyone that came and took a Walk on the Wild Side, May 2nd...You can check out the photos at:Mike Hayward's Special Events Photography.

An awesome time was had by all at our Spring Open House.

News briefs: See a pelican get rescued! We're having a Pelican party in our ICU...first black-coat elephant seal ever rescued by CWC...First marine mammal rescue in SoCal for 2010...Yearling sea lion rescued at Pt. Dume! Update on our rescued fox from Culver City! We have another Youth Rescue blog hero! .DON'T TRIM THAT TREE - baby birds and squirrels are nesting now! Watch the CBS report here...HAVE FUN! HELP THE ANIMALS! EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDITS! Organize a fund-raising event at your school! Contact our youth team with your good (even crazy!) ideas at rescuecwc@california wildlife center.org...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dinner every 5 minutes!

These tiny orphan humming birds were found in Calabasas on Monday March 9th. Here they are being fed a special formula, which they will need every 30 minutes for the next week or two until they are a little larger. Please take special care at this time of year, and wait to trim those trees, tiny nests with little guys like these may be in them.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Elephant seal rescue

This Northern Elephant seal pup was rescued by our Marine Mammal rescue team on March 3, 2009. He was born in January of this year at Piedras Blancas beach in Cambria, CA. Elephant seal pups are nursed for about 29 days and then their mothers leave them to learn to swim and hunt on their own. They weigh about 230 lbs. when they venture into the ocean. The currents take them south and this time of year, they start showing up stranded on our beaches. This little guy only weighed 69 lbs. He was rescued due to malnutrition and dehydration. He was transferred to the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro where he will go to fish school to learn how to hunt for food. When he's ready, he will be released back into the wild. If you see any injured or sick seals or sea lions at the beach, please do not approach them. They will bite out of self defense. Call our Marine Mammal hotline at 310-458-WILD. Great job Team Rockstars!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Our Visit With Homer

Homer is a mule deer fawn that was confiscated by the Department of Fish and Game from a man who was keeping him in his backyard as a pet. In California, that is against the law. Young fawns imprint from humans very easily, so he would never be able to survive in the wild on his own. He was brought to the Center for care until a sanctuary could be found for him. This past weekend, my daughters, Kristyn and Jessica and I went to visit him. The sanctuary is in Dulzura, CA. It is run by a very nice woman named Jill. When Homer saw us, he came right over and started sniffing our pants and licking us. You can tell from the photo that he really missed Jessica. He has seven other deer to play with now and made friends with the Alpha female, Hannah, so all the other deer are very nice to him. He also loves Jill's four Great Pyrenees and has already escaped from his pen once through a very small hole in the fence to go play with them!

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