We believe it is our responsibility to counter the adverse impacts of humans on wildlife, where possible, and to teach people how to reduce human-wildlife conflicts. We provide an educational resource and standard for conservation of native wildlife species through the rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife. We envision fostering the local community’s desire to assist wildlife in need by encouraging an understanding of wildlife ecology and a respect for how human-wildlife conflict impacts populations, thereby decreasing future incidents of injury. We only rehabilitate wildlife that is in need of care due to human causes, since natural processes are important for healthy wildlife populations. All animals that are able to be rehabilitated are released back to the wild.
Education plays a key role in TWRC’s mission. TWRC provides an educational component to our rehabilitation center as a way to raise awareness about human-wildlife interactions. TWRC believes that public education and the development of pride in and concern for wildlife are critical to healthy wildlife populations.
TWRC partners with local and state organizations to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Partnership solutions include wildlife crossing structures and warning signs along busy roads, protection of vital wildlife movement corridors, fence removal or modification, and habitat restoration. TWRC not only rehabilitates animals, but is also proactive in preventing human-wildlife conflict.
TWRC provides opportunities for students, aspiring wildlife rehabilitators, and biologists to further their knowledge and experience of working directly with wildlife. These opportunities not only provide TWRC with extra support, but they provide students and volunteers an experience unlike any other, in an area world-renowned for its intact ecosystem and diverse wildlife.
One of the highest aspirations for TWRC is to develop a captive breeding and restoration program for threatened, endangered and sensitive species in the West. This program is being developed in close cooperation with our state and federal partners.
Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native wildlife species through the rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned animals. Through rehabilitation and education, we increase the chances of wildlife survival. We operate in Teton Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and release all animals that are able to be rehabilitated. We only rehabilitate animals that are injured by human causes. Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center partners with local, state and federal organizations to leverage additional types of interventions. Wild animals in need of rehabilitation are accepted from a broad area, including Idaho and Wyoming, at the discretion of staff and under the stipulations of our permits. We rehabilitate a broad range of species—which will be expanded as we build trust with our partners—that includes large carnivores, meso-carnivores, furbearers, small mammals, migratory birds, and in certain cases, disease-free ungulates. In 2016, TWRC’s focus is on obtaining and building a physical facility (land, building, and cages) to evaluate and care for patients. Lindsay Jones and Renee Seidler, Co-founders of TWRC, are members of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.