The Issue: Degraded Animal Habitats and Food Sources
A recent drought has dried up water sources and stifled food growth, affecting fragile wildlife populations, according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman. The lack of natural food and degraded habitats means small mammals and birds must increasingly move into human territory, including backyards and highways, and risk death to feed their young. Young animals are often orphaned, including squirrels, who require human assistance and as many as 10 feedings per day to survive.
The Campaign: Feeding and Caring for Orphaned Squirrels
If 42 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then TWRC Wildlife Center can provide room and board for six baby squirrels from intake to release. Each year, the Wildlife Center rehabilitates and releases about 750 squirrels that had been abandoned or orphaned, including gray, fox, and flying squirrels. Volunteers provide incubation and medical care, feed the squirrels every two hours, and eventually socialize the animals with other squirrels until they are strong enough to reenter to wild. Each additional $70 raised will provide room and board for another baby squirrel.
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TWRC Wildlife Center
Following an oil spill in 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center established itself as an emergency room and rehabilitation facility where people could take sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Animals remain at the center and undergo medical care and regular feeding until they are strong enough to reenter the wild. The center also receives questions about wildlife issues and maintains a focus on public awareness through a variety of educational programs on urban ecosystems and conservation issues. TWRC only uses certified rehabilitators and veterinarians to handle the animals, and conducts its own two-day skills seminar to train rehabilitators every year.