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ildlife rehabilitation is the term used to encapsulate the many processes and
techniques used in rescuing, fostering, arranging the veterinary medical care, and
providing for all other needs of sick, injured, displaced, or orphaned wild animals, for the
purpose of returning them to their natural habitats.
Before release, each rehabilitated animal must be able to function independently, be able
to recognize and obtain appropriate natural foods, identify with & select mates of their
own species in order to reproduce, and demonstrate appropriate & proportionate reactions
to potential dangers ... adverse weather, people, road traffic, predators (including cats &
Wildlife rehabilitation has come a long way within a relatively short time, largely due to
innovations in technology and in particular, the comparative ease now in being able to
acquire & share information and knowledge.
Ready access to scientifically-valid knowledge, via the internet and a wide range of
published works, now makes it more easily possible for wildlife rehabilitators to provide
professional levels of medical care, housing, nutrition, captivity management & release
conditioning, while preserving both the quality of life and the wild integrity of the
individuals in their care.
At Valley Forge NWR, we have learned to draw from many different disciplines, and
recognize that practising wildlife rehabilitation to a proper, professional
standard, requires extensive knowledge & skills in:
wildlife species identification,
natural history of British wildlife species,
diseases & zoonoses,
veterinary first aid & medicine,
aviary & housing design & construction,
plus expertise in many other areas, not least of which are
clarity in communication, patience, perseverance, and
diplomacy in dealing with those people requiring supportive
help with wildlife.
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