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

For museum hours go here.

What to Do: Fawns

Black-tailed deer, a subspecies of the mule deer, are common throughout the Bay Area. Fawns are born in spring or early summer. They begin foraging for their own food when they are a week old, but will nurse heavily for at least two months.

Does will hide their babies and go off to feed, often for an entire day. If you find a fawn, leave the area and keep dogs and people away from it. The mother will not return if she senses you are too close.

Do not pick up the fawn or try to give it food. Only if the fawn is injured, or if the mother is injured or dead, should you bring the fawn to the wildlife rehabilitation hospital. If you have any questions, please call the museum, 925-935-1978, between 9 AM and 5 PM.