Wild Baby Boom

The Willowbrook Wildlife center is the preserve’s home base for any orphaned animals brought in by residents, municipalities or animal control agencies – and over the course of a year, they can see over 8,000 different types.

“We have a lot of young waterfowl, we have mallards & goslings, we have a lot of tree squirrels, we have both grey & fox squirrels, and we’re starting to branch out now into other mammals that breed a little later in the season like raccoons and opossums,” said Rose Augustine, a Wildlife Specialist at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
Some injured, and some just in need of time to grow, the animals are cared for by a crew of staff and volunteers until they can be released back into the wild. But these babies have hearty appetites so the center is always happy to get donations from the community.

“Right now we are looking for a lot of the pet foods we use, we use a variety of dry kibbles. Puppy chow, cat chow and kitten chow. As well as a lot of commercially available formulas, we do use the commercial formulas as a component to feed to our wild babies,” said Augustine.
If you’d like to make a donation of a “wilder” sort, an actual animal; Rose reminds us that sometimes it’s best to just let a sleeping fox lie.

“If you see an injured animal that you are worried about, maybe the mom is not around or it does have an injury. The best thing you can do first and foremost is give us a call, we will be able to determine things based on your individual scenario that will tell us the best way to proceed. If it is after hours, because we do operate during usual business hours here, our 24 hour voicemail gives pretty detailed instructions on what to do,” she said.

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