Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital

Exam of a band-tail pigeon

The wildlife hospital is open every day to accept injured or orphaned native wild animals. The wildlife hospital entrance is located on the west side of the museum. Because wildlife does not have health insurance, we pay 100% of their medical cost. Your donations will help save the lives of thousands of patients.

Hospital hours

  • September though March: 9 am – 5 pm
  • April through August: 9 am – 7 pm

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Patient of the Week: Western Screech Owl

A young Western Screech Owl was admitted on July 13, with a fractured humerus (a long bone in the wing). As it was found in the middle of the road, we suspect it was hit by a vehicle.

Because birds have lightweight bones and feathers, we cannot put a “cast” on a wing. For this patient, the veterinarian put a thin steel pin to stabilize the bone and the wing was wrapped in a lightweight bandage that will not stick to the feathers. This owl is also receiving pain medication and antibiotics, and might have physical therapy after the pin is removed from the wing.