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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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Zack H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


"As an Australian TV Personality, Wildlife Specialist and Species Conservationist, Zoo keeper and Trapper for over 20 years, and having worked with numerous wildlife facilities in both Australia and the USA, I had the very good fortune of working with Diane & Roger and their animal-being residents in countless activities from wildlife care, wildlife education, Celebrity Speaker at their 2013 Gala Fundraiser, filming an endangered species TV and web series, plus a bunch of other things! I can sincerely say that I have not seen such endless dedication, devotion and care around the clock, 7 days a week, rain, hail, SNOW, or shine as Diane and Roger, and the volunteers provide for their magnificent species' individuals that call Wildhaven Wildlife Sanctuary home, as they are rehabilitated but sadly unreleasable for a number of reasons."

"The time, care, maintenance, COST... and responsibilities required to run a wildlife facility is simply incredible and something no individual should ever take lightly... Diane and Roger are exemplary role models and two of the most wonderful human beings that I have had the great pleasure of knowing, and I am very proud to call them my dear friends."


Zack Heart
TV Personality,
Wildlife Specialist & Species Conservationist