Mission: Preservation and conservation of wildlife and their ecosystem. Out Motto: Preserving Wildlife Helps Heal the Human Spirit.
Results: 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
Programs: 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.
I am grateful to the San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society which operates Wildhaven Ranch as a wildlife rehabilitation center and education center for the public, and to its founder, Diane Dragotto Williams, for allowing me to be a part of it.
Wildhaven, as it is lovingly called, is for me a family affair. It began when I acceped a position on the Board of Directors in 2005. My love for this facility immediately grew by leaps and bounds. It spilled over to my grandson, daughter, and husband, and we have been involved ever since.
Wildhaven is also an affair with the local community. People who live in our beautiful mountains appreciate the habitat Wildhaven Ranch provides for our indigenous animal population, both for those who are successfully released back into our forest and for those who find a sanctuary for a safe but dignified and fulfilling life.
People who live here appreciate the opportunity to volunteer and experience (up close and personal) the true beauty of nature and its inhabitants.
It is personally gratifying for me when I see Roger Williams tirelessly and patiently working with the youth who volunteer, and with Eagle Scouts as they complete their projects. I know these young people are experiencing a life-changing event.
My family and I look forward to continuing our love affair with Wildhaven, its special caretakers, and its endearing animal population.