Animals are admitted at the Wildlife Center by appointment only. Please call us at (608) 287-3235 or (608) 838-0413 ext. 151 before coming in to discuss the situation, and if necessary, scheduling an appointment.

If you do not reach us, please leave a message with your name, phone number and a detailed description of the situation. We will return your call as quickly as we are able.

While you wait for us to return your call, please keep the animal in a quiet location and do not feed the animal, and if you are able, please email or text (608) 960-8328 a photo of the animal to help us better assess the age and condition.

If you have found an injured wild animal outside of our regular admission hours, please leave a message for us so we may return your call right away in the morning.

In the meantime, please do not feed the animal, and keep them in a secure, ventilated container in a warm and quiet location away from pets and people until we return your call.

Instructions on keeping the animal safely overnight

Keeping Wildlife Wild

It's important to remember that any young animal's best chance of survival is always with its mother. While professional wildlife rehabilitators have significant experience raising baby wild animals, there is no substitute for the care and teaching provided by their wild parents.

How to tell if a wild animal is truly orphaned

If you are unsure if an animal is truly in need of assistance, our species specific resources and educational materials can help you determine if admission to DCHS’s Wildlife Center is the right choice. If you believe the animal needs help after reviewing this information, please call us to schedule an appointment.

Species Specific Information

Additional Information

What species are NOT accepted at the Wildlife Center?

We do not work with deer, raccoons, house sparrows, European starlings, rock pigeons, mice or skunks. If you have found an animal that we do not work with, please call the DNR Service Center at (888) 936-7463.

What species are accepted at the Wildlife Center?

We work with more than 100 different species of animals at the Wildlife Center including all species of native birds, reptiles and amphibians, bats and most small mammals. If you are not sure if we will accept a species, please call us at (608) 287-3235 or (608) 838-0413 ext. 151.

What is the cost of care?

While there is no fee to bring an animal in to the Wildlife Center, DCHS's Wildlife Center receives no federal or state funding and relies on community support to fund our operations. The average cost to care for each animal admitted to the Wildlife Center is $100, and donations to help us continue the care you started is very much appreciated. Donations can be made online or are accepted at the time of admission.