The Case for Elevating WildCare


Elevating WildCare: An Urgent and Heightened Need

After nearly half a century of repurposing, repairing, and remodeling the physical structures that are essential to our operations, WildCare needs a new facility to continue operations and further realize our mission as a world-class wildlife medicine teaching hospital, wildlife advocacy organization, and environmental education center.

Questions about WildCare's Elevate Campaign? Email or call Nicole Trautsch, Director of Development at 415-453-1000 x31.

WildCare is the premier organization for wildlife medicine and environmental education in Northern California today.

Centrally located in downtown San Rafael, in Marin County, WildCare supports people everywhere to live well with wildlife, through a full cycle of programs including
wildlife advocacy and information resources, nature education programs, and medical aid for ill, injured, and orphaned wild animals.

Since our hospital’s founding, we have treated and cared for more than 120,000 wild animal patients in our urban Wildlife Hospital. We have also engaged more than 1,000,000 children and adults through environmental learning experiences and advocacy.

Taking Us to Higher Ground

We are thrilled to share with you our vision for a beautiful three-story, state-of-the-art WildCare Center at our current Albert Park location.


The scope of new construction includes the restoration and relocation of the historic building currently housing the WildCare Museum, and the construction of a new, attached, three-story wildlife animal hospital, with suitable workspace for staff and volunteers, all on the existing property.

The project will include on-site development of a new courtyard to host our educational Wildlife Ambassador animals along with educational gathering spaces along the front of the property. All existing caging and hospital facilities will be demolished.

We estimate that it will cost $20 million to complete our mission-driven, board-approved capital improvements plan by approximately 2025. We aim to generate project funding through a volunteer-driven philanthropic campaign that will run until the project's completion.

Help us soar into the future!

Please consider a generous contribution to help create an enduring and inspirational new community asset that will preserve and extend WildCare’s tradition of providing effective medical care for wildlife, and environmental education for people, for generations to follow.
Red-tailed Hawk release. Photo by Nina Zhito

The Case for Elevating WildCare

WildCare's Design Passes the Design Review Board

On December 6, 2022, WildCare and architects Jessica Fairchild and Cheryl Lentini from Fairchild Broms Design went before the City of San Rafael Design Review Board with the preliminary designs for the new WildCare facility.

The design was received with rave reviews! Watch the presentation and the Board's questions and comments below.

On March 7, 2023 received unanimous approval from the Design Review Board. Watch that meeting here. The WildCare approval begins at four minutes in.