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Review for SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE SOCIETY, Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer at Wildhaven Ranch (San Bernardino Mountain Wildlife Society) for more than three years. In this time I have had the opportunity to work with most of the animals on site, this includes permanent residents and future rehab animals. When I went through the initial training I was told that it is a privilege to work with the animals...they were right. Every day I spend with the raccoon's or the foxes or the great horned owl makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to be so close to these wonderful creatures! Spending time with all of them heals my soul and reminds me what really is important in this world! Like any small/big facility it suffers from growing pains. The need for qualified employees, a steady cash flow. That way the founders could just spend time taking care of the administration of the property. Instead of being stretched so thin, ending up being responsible for so many different jobs! I think that the land that has been purchased for Wildhaven has benefits far beyond the obvious. Their presence means there are 35 acres that won't be developed in future years. That is a huge thing in So. California. It means that not only are we trying to protect the natural wildlife of the San Bernardino Mountains but that we are protecting the habitat these animals need to live. WHR is a very

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the other volunteers and the animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the animal enclosures. Hire trained, responsible staff and improve facility structures i.e. class rooms, rehab enclosures.

Ways to make it better...

I had more "on the job" training.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping good volunteers and money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this facility does offer the chance to work with wildlife in a way not found at other facilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

Role:  Volunteer & I have fed and cleaned almost all the animals at the ranch. I am also involved with the weekly tours and off site educational events. I am especially involved with the birds of prey and the racoons.