The WNC Nature Center has been serving the community in this capacity for many years without funding, staff or much space. They are no longer accepting injured and orphaned wildlife due to unforeseen circumstances with the space they have been using for triage.
Fortunately, a building has been donated to Appalachian Wild! The organization is seeking materials, supplies and skilled volunteer help to repair and renovate the building.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge was incorporated on October 23, 2014. The ALL VOLUNTEER organization was formed by a group of licensed rehabilitators, nonprofit professionals, environmental educators, and other concerned citizens, in response to the increasing numbers of wildlife requiring assistance and the need for more people trained and funded to help them in Western North Carolina. In 2015, the number of injured and orphaned wildlife reported by rehabilitators, was 1,498 animals.
In 2016, the number of animals exceeded 1,700!
Contact us if you have questions, would like to learn more and to get involved in saving wild lives.
“As a home based rehabilitator, it is becoming harder to continue to provide the special care some of these animals require due to the increasing numbers that are coming in. During baby season I have taken in as much as 30 animals in one day. The triage center will give the home based rehabbers some much needed help and relief! There are just not enough of us!”
– Janice Burleson, wildlife rehabilitator