As a volunteer bear handler for 12 years at Wildhaven, I am also intricately involved in bear awareness on the mountain. On our tour the public will see our Animal Ambassadors that are indigenous to our mountains and receive education on how to co-exist and share habitat. Our resident animals are the heart of Wildhaven. "If we do not know them, we will not love them, if we do not love them, we will not protect them."
I've had the some of the most wonderful experiences of my young life while volunteering at Wildhaven Ranch. Not only have I formed bonds with the beautiful animal that the ranch cares for, animals of every shape, size, and character, but the relationships I've made with other staff members, including the lovely owners of the ranch, have certainly changed my life. Wildhaven is an exciting place to be, and when I first arrived as a visitor in a tour group, I could feel the energy. For the last 3 years, I've enjoyed this same energy weekly, whether by feeding my 'boyfriends' Stubby and Bandit, the raccoons, or brushing my deer friend, Buckwheat, or simply enjoying the day with other volunteers. I thoroughly Wildhaven to any visitor, volunteer, or donor.
I had the pleasure of volunteering at the San Bernardino Wildlife Society back in 2013 and throughly enjoyed my experience. They provide a great atmosphere to grow and learn. It really sparked my interested in working with wildlife and has led me to peruse a career in animal care. They really care about thier animals and would do anything for them as well as providing an educational experience for the public. I highly reccomed them to anyone wanting to gain experience working with wildlife or anyone wanting to have a unique close up expereicne with the animals at their facility.
I have been a volunteer with Wildhaven Ranch for 7 years. It was a matter of "timing is everything" when I first began as a WCP (Wildlife Care Provider). After receiving training from seasoned "veterans", I began working with the animals. The timing part, an orphaned bear cub made her arrival at the Ranch. I started bearsitting and can say I helped raise a California Black Bear! The love and dedication that both Diane and Roger have for the facility and all that they put into it is phenomenal. It is not "just a business" for them, it is their passion. Having worked in the animal business for over 38 years, I know, people don't do the things they do for money...it is for the love of the animals. There is a passion they display whether it is for the littlest animal ambassador or the senior member of the bear family. I believe this is a very worthy facility and I plan to continue my involvement with them in order to help preserve our local wildlife.
I had the honor of being a volunteer Wildlife Care Provider at Wildhaven. It was an exciting and educational experience. The love and devotion that both Diane and Roger have for all of the wildlife in their care is inspiring. They provide a safe and nurturing place for non-releasable wild animals, while educating the public about the wildlife in our mountain community. Every person, young and old, that attends their educational tours leaves in awe of this up-close and personal experience with bears, birds of prey, a bob-cat, raccoons, coyotes, and mule deer, to name a few. They come to respect the wildness of these creatures and learn much needed information about living near them safely. "Do not feed" is repeated throughout their informative talks. Wildhaven Ranch is a treasure in our mountain community. I am proud to have been a part of this wonderful sanctuary and educational facility.
Wildhaven Ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains is truly a unique experience. The animal residents are all there because they could not be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. When you watch the wonderful bears lumbering about their enclosures and listen to the knowledgeable handlers, it truly is special. There are a variety of animals you see when you take one of their public tours. And as you observe each animal, a guide provides you with valuable information about them. Mountain residents often visit Wildhaven and tourists to the Lake Arrowhead area find Wildhaven to be an interesting and different activity to learn about the local wildlife. All and all Wildhaven is truly a wonderful place run by 2 dedicated people who are devoted to the animals. Phyllis B.
My son and I began voulunteering at Wildhaven in March of this year. We immediately fell in love with the beautiful site and of course the animals, But we were most impressed with Diane and Rodger (director/owners). They are exceptionally loving and dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of indigenous animals. Their expertise in the care of multiple species of animals is astounding and earned over years of schooling and hands on learning. As vouunteers we were provided with training in site maintenance, the characteristics and needs of each animal as well as important protocols for maintaining hygenic conditions. Dianne and Rodger have a mission to provide educational programing around the animals at Wildhaven as well as the understanding and protection of all animals. Their outreach programs are extended to schools, youth centers and any one who will listen. They are community heros doing kind, important work.
I have volunteered at Wildhaven for about 4 years. The care and love that the animals receive there is amazing. The animals that have been saved over the years would have died without the help of the great people there. They would have either been euthanized by fish and game or died in the wild if not for this sanctuary. I have taken part in many tours and educated the public about the importance of saving our wildlife and protecting their natural habitat. Wildhaven truly is a sanctuary to be preserved!
Being a volunteer here has allowed me to understand the balance between the animals of our mountain and the people. I used to visit and learn about the animals here as a child in elementary school, and that experience made me want to become a volunteer. It is a great non-profit with a great mission! I'm so glad that I have the opportunity to interact with the animals that Wildhaven taught me about as a kid!
I have been a volunteer for about 2 years I have had a lot of experience with the animals I have learned some things about the animals and really have enjoyed my time there I never thought that I would be able to get so close to an animal as I can thereI really enjoy being able to go there and help take care of the animals and the propertythe other people the volunteers that I work with are very nice helpful and always willing to give any kind of information you may need to do your job roger is a wealth of informationI am always learning something new when I go thereI hope to be able to be a volunteer there for a long time