San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society

Rating: 4.88 stars   32 reviews


P O Box 1782 Lake Arrowhead CA 92352 USA


Preservation and conservation of wildlife and their ecosystem.  Out Motto: Preserving Wildlife Helps Heal the Human Spirit.


Rehabilitated thousands of wildlife since 1994, educated the public about wildlife and our ecosytem through school programs, outdoor science, tours, and events

Target demographics:

Children of all ages and adults

Geographic areas served:

Southern California


Educational tour: this is a walking tour of the wildhaven ranch. Animals permitted by usda,dept of fish and wildlife, and the california dept of fish and game are shown to the public. The tour shows birds of prey and mammals including bobcat, deer, raccoons, coyotes and black bears. Each animal is explained and the public learns each animal's part in the ecology of southern california forests. The unique features of each animal are explained. During the walking tour the guide also points out the value of the native plants and how the lives of each animal are affected by the plants. Visitors also learn how to comply with applicable laws as they encounter animals in the wild or even their own yards.

rehabilitation: wildhaven ranch has rehabilited thousands of injured and orphaned wildlife and successfully returned them into the wild. These are animals which would have died without wildhaven's care. They could have been hit by cars, taken up unwelcome residence in a home, come into a back yard looking for food, or perhaps frightened or startled a resident. Some wildlife questions can be quickly resolved over the telephone. Most require the animal being brought to wildhaven's triage facility where it is examined and usually treated for shock. Fluids are often administered, veterinarian examination is done if called for, and appropriate treatment, food, and housing is provided. Thorough records are kept to assist the animal care, and to point out trends in the problems encountered in the animals treated at wildhaven ranch.

public education: wildhave produces many informative pieces. The "bears with us" program educates visitors how to co-habitate with bears. Shows are done at wildlife stores, hotels, shopping centers and various other venues to explain the diverse ecosystem of southern california. Wildhaven has also been involved in several television and web-based programs that offer wildlife education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wildhaven Ranch offers informative educational programs that is fun for families and students. I learn so much about wildlife and our environment during my visits. Lake Arrowhead community is lucky to be the host of Wildhaven.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Received a wonderful educational experience while having fun. Wildhaven Ranch is a great place to view California Native animals up close and personal while learning how they play an important role in our environment. I highly recommend a Wildhaven tour.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My brother lives in Twin Peaks, my Grandparents lived in Cedar Glen, I have gone past Wildhaven for years on the way to Hook Creek, never knowing that the ranch even existed. We went on a Saturday when they had just opened due to snow on the road. I was blown away by the facility, Diane and her Husband are unbelievable people. The are taking care of the animals that us human have humanized making them not able to be released back into nature. If I lived in the mountains I would be volunteering at this facility. The birds that I was able to see up front and close was amazing to me. I am not working at this time, but when I do find a job I will be donating money to this fantastic operation. It is a MUST go if you are visiting the mountains. Thank you Diane for all you do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Educating people not to humanize animals!

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