Our Wildlife Ambassadors

Meet the Wildlife Ambassadors

WildCare’s courtyard is home to over twenty non-releasable wild animals. All of our Wildlife Ambassadors have shown themselves adaptable to the demands and stresses of living near humans, and each of them provides an invaluable opportunity for the public to view native animals up close.

Many of our animals come out of their cages “on the glove” to meet school groups, scout troops and the general public. While the animal is the focus of attention, the human partner in an Ambassador team provides both a sense of safety and comfort for the animal while on display, and the knowledge of natural history that makes viewing these animals an educational experience for all.

Click for more videos of our Wildlife Ambassadors and our Wildlife Hospital patients!

During the beginning of the COVID pandemic we did a live video every Monday through Friday. We had a great time coming up with interesting new topics to keep our audience engaged.

You can watch them all here!

Learn About Native Wildlife

The way people think about captive animals is changing. No longer do we accept just seeing a captive animal in a cage. We want a richer experience that includes an understanding of the animal’s habitat, physiology and natural history. And who is better able to teach us than the animals themselves?

WildCare’s Wildlife Ambassador Program is a unique collaboration between animals and their human handlers designed to provide an enriched experience of animals on display.

Through beautiful, informative courtyard signage, visitors are introduced to each Wildlife Ambassador and its personal story.  The signs give fascinating facts about the species as well as addressing environmental issues faced by wild animals today.

Natural Behaviors and Enrichment Techniques

In their courtyard poolside enclosure, our pelicans splash into the water to scoop fish into their throat pouches and our gull shows off her beautiful red beak. Members of the public can visit to learn about and watch our pool birds’ adaptations to their watery environment.

Routines and training give captive animals activity and challenges. Behavior-enriching activities such as finding hidden food or eating food frozen like a popsicle are stimulating events that keep animals mentally and physically healthy. Maintaining the mental health of our Ambassador animals is an important component of being a Wildlife Ambassador volunteer.

A Wildlife Ambassador. Photo by Tory Russell Invite a Wildlife Ambassador to your child's classroom!

Live wild animal Ambassadors are available for one or two 60-minute programs daily at a location within a maximum one-hour travel distance from WildCare.

There is nothing more memorable for your students than having live wild animals visit their classroom!

Your group will have the opportunity to meet three of WildCare’s rescued non-releasable wild animals during this unforgettable presentation.

 

Get Started!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not currently providing Live Wildlife Ambassador Programs.

  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Ages: Not available for Kindergarten or younger
  • Price: $240 for the 1st presentation, $170 for the second presentation, $1 per mile travel fee ($10 minimum).
  • Group Limit: 30 person maximum, 2 presentations maximum per day
  • Call 415-453-1000 x12 for more info

Help make our work possible!

WildCare cares for as many as 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned wild animals every year, and we teach over 35,000 children and adults every year.

We can't heal animals, educate the next generation or advocate for wildlife without your help!