I love Yggdrasil!
My boyfriend and I recently moved into a great renovated apartment with lots of outdoor space behind a large house in South Berkeley. Some of our neighbors in the front house alerted the landlord about a few rats they saw on the property. The landlord is a contractor who works with my boyfriend often (he owns a custom painting company), so he asked him to set a rat trap with some peanut butter. Sadly, later in the day after setting the trap, he realized that a baby possum ate some of the peanut butter and got his hand caught in the trap up to the wrist. My boyfriend released the possum from the trap but saw that his hand was limp and oozing. The possum didn't move and my boyfriend brought him water. I heard about this while at work so my manager and I looked up some emergency animal rescues and saw that Yggdrasil was available in the Berkeley area. I gave the number to my boyfriend, he texted Yggdrasil (they instructed to text vs. call) and he heard back within 5 minutes. They assigned someone near our area to pick up the possum. A nice man came within an hour and had a box with a blanket ready for the possum. He made us feel better by saying he was delivering the possum to good hands and that possums are sturdy, resilient animals. I wrote a review for Yggdrasil on Facebook recently mentioning the possum we called about and Lila Talcott Travis got back to me with some great photos and update on our possum! Looks like things turned out great for him! I am so happy Yggdrasil does such an amazing job with wildlife that are so often abused or overlooked when injured. Please fund this nonprofit... they work from the heart.
Review from Guidestar
wonderful wonderful group, full service care for our local wild orphaned sick injured and elderly mammals and so much more!!! as a animal control officer I could not expect better assistance from any other wildlife group around ! thank you Yggdrasil , you are my hero!
YUWR has been a tremendous help to threatened wildlife in Oakland and surrounding areas. If not for this center, thousands of urban wild mammals would have not had a chance in the world. I have always felt that if humanity is going to encroach upon wild habitats, then society has a moral obligation to take responsibility for damage done. YUWR and its tireless director, Lila Talcott Travis, was the only shelter that stepped into the large void in Oakland and we need to support them so the good work continues in the future. Without YUWR, there is literally no hope for wildlife in this area.
Yggdrasil, with Lila Travis at the helm, provides a great service to the community, both for people and for the wildlife sharing the urban environment. If you have discovered any problem with wildlife in the city, Yggdrasil is the place to call.
Volunteering at Yggdrasil has been an amazing experience. Through them, I’ve had experiences that no other wildlife rescue organization has provided- raising baby squirrels and then releasing them into the wild, going on rescue calls (like a baby fox that was found in an elementary school parking lot), socializing with an educational opossum, and being involved in post-mortem diagnostics, to name just a few things. Lila, the director, is an amazing woman with an incredible wealth of knowledge about everything wildlife- physiology, behavior, medical care, how to keep wild animals out of your attic/basement/kitchen… every question I’ve ever asked her has been met with a thorough answer. Even when I’ve bombarded her with question after question her patience never wavers! In all the wildlife volunteering I’ve ever done in my life (and it’s been a lot), she has what few wildlife rehabbers tend to possess… people skills. She even helped my friend in Oregon who was concerned about a wild squirrel with mange frequenting her apartment dumpster.
The other volunteers I’ve met through YUWR are also incredible… not only do you have the opportunity to do lots of hands-on procedures and learn a ton about our wildlife neighbors, the people involved with this organization are top-notch as well.
YGGDRASIL Urban Wildlife Rescue helps rehabilitate and release animals injured or caught in an urban environment. It is a crucial program for any urban area. The volunteers involved with the rescue have hearts of gold and I am happy to have helped YGGDRASIL in the past.
YUWR offers a very needed and helpful service to the community by problem solving with human/wildlife conflicts. They do a lot with a little. Keep up the good work!
besides getting to develope a lost and natural sence of connectedness to the natural world, and being part of a community of great people. I felt a sence of fullilment to be of service to our wild creature friends and commrads, for everything we have, from our basic necessities to our riches, come from the natural world and we must praise anyone who will stuart our woods creatures. volunteering at YUWR brought back the joys of being close to our great wild life friends accompanying us in our urban and sometimes alienating habitat.
Yggdrasil provides support and sanctuary for the myriad of wildlife that lives among us. Their work is tireless and devoted. Countless small and large animals have been nutured back to health so that they can be re-introduced into their natural habitat which we share. Yggdrasil is on on the front lines with wildlife rehabilitation.
I am a second-year veterinary student, hoping to get into wildlife medicine and/or shelter medicine. When I first started as a wildlife rehab intern with YUWR, I had no clear goal in life. I was starting college again after dropping out a couple of years earlier. I knew I liked animals, and that was it. Working at YUWR helped me see how happy I was treating wildlife, how rewarding it was for me and for the animals alike. Moreover, Lila was a patient and knowledgeable teacher and caretaker for us all. I learned about wildlife in urban, suburban, rural, and even clinical settings. It was a great period of my life and 5 years later, I'm still very appreciative for a fun and educational experience they gave me.