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San Bernardino Mountains Wildlife Society

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Forest Conservation, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful animal sanctuary! I had the time of my life today taking a guided tour of Wildhaven Ranch. The tour was about two hours long and included viewing majestic Eagles and a very cute Bob Cat. I howled with the Coyotes (and an opera star) and was very impressed by some very entertaining Black Bears. Lots of other animals reside there too but I just can't remember all of them.

Besides taking pictures of all my new friends, I learned tons and tons of information about these beautiful animals from Diane, Bill and Roger (what a super team). How they interact with nature, what their specific duty is in the ecological system, why the animals are here, and how they got here. We also learned how and why Wildhaven Ranch developed from the dream of a little 9 year old Lake Arrowhead resident. I am sure that running this animal sanctuary takes a huge sum of money, like any business does, for food, utilities, employees, taxes, doctors, etc. even the shirts provided to the fantastic volunteers that help maintain the animals and grounds of this awesome 35 acre ranch.

Sooooo, here is my pitch for all who read this post: please come up and experience, for yourself, Wildhaven - - an amazing and peaceful place that needs your support.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe Wild Haven is one of the best group that I have encountered. Very dedicated and professional. They reaally care about the wildlife.