The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center provides free veterinary and rehabilitation services to orphaned and injured native North Carolina animals. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC), while on Zoo grounds, is a gated medical facility and not open to Zoo Visitors. For assistance or more information, please call 336.879.7644.
The staff, interns and volunteers managing this Center believe that compassion, civic responsibility and environmental stewardship are lessons best learned in the company of leaders who embody and practice these values.
The WRC provides role models, educational programs, volunteer experiences and social interactions that strengthen the human spirit by enriching its capacity to care about animals, about nature and about life itself.
Animal Rescue Advice
Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
When an animal is injured, in danger, cold, dehydrated, or becoming weak, something needs to be done. An animal needs to be in the care of an experienced rehabilitator or veterinarian. Before handling or transporting wildlife please contact us at 336.879.7644 so a trained volunteer wildlife rehabilitator can advise you how to proceed.
The VHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center relies on the public to transport wildlife in need to the center. If you have been advised that the animal you have called about needs to be rescued, the information below may be of help.
Protect Yourself First
Even very young animals will bite if startled or hurt. A pair of gardening gloves should be adequate for most babies. Pick the baby up carefully to avoid causing further injury. Cup it in your hand and grip the head firmly, but gently, between your thumb and index finger to keep it from biting.
Baby Animals Need Extra Warmth
A heating pad on "low" is best, but be careful not to allow the animal to overheat. Never attempt to feed a cold animal. The digestive system shuts down during periods of hypothermia and food at this time could kill the animal. Gently warm the animal before making any attempt to feed it.
Wild babies have special nutritional needs. To give them the best chance of survival, let an experienced, licensed rehabilitator raise them. It is against the law to keep wildlife without the proper permits. If you can't get the animal to the rehabilitator quickly, ask him/her what you should do. Doing the wrong thing can make matters worse or even cause the death of the animal. In the excitement of finding and holding a wild animal, injuries might be overlooked. If not given proper care, the animal may not live.
Wildlife and Rabies
Due to the potential transmission of disease, the Wildlife Rehab Center is not allowed to accept fox, raccoon, skunk, bat or coyote. Also this facility is not permitted to accept deer or bear. Please see the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for additional information on orphaned or injured animals.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is staffed primarily by trained Zoo volunteers, interns, and limited Zoo personnel. Volunteers and interns are relied upon for the care and husbandry of injured and orphaned native wildlife, until they are ready for release back into the wild, as well as caring for our education animals. Duties include but are not limited to feeding animals, preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, answering phones, and record keeping. Opportunities to assist with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, assisting with radiographs and surgeries, as well as perform treatments as ordered by Veterinary staff may be available. In addition, there are opportunities for participation in special projects, training, cage building and animal rescues, as well as in our education animal programming.
WRC operating hours are:
March - September 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
October - February 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center provides free veterinary and rehabilitation services to orphaned and injured native North Carolina animals. Donations help buy medicines, food, shelter and veterinary services for the 800 or more injured, sick and orphaned native animals that arrive at the Center every year.
The Africa tram road between Junction Plaza and Akiba Market is under construction. While the construction is underway, the tram route between Junction Plaza and Akiba Market along with the Dino Bus may be closed. Africa animal habitats will be open and are best seen by walking. The North America tram route and the parking lot shuttles between Africa and North America will operate as normal. Please call ahead at 800.488.0444 to check on Africa tram route and Dino bus availability.
North Carolina Zoo Seeks Public’s Help in Spotting Two African Birds That Left Their Habitat
The zoo is asking the public’s help in locating two fully-flighted Secretary Birds, and has set up a Hotline to call with sightings: 336.879.7610. Learn more and see the latest in our Q & A.
North Carolina Zoo Seasonal/Temporary Positions
The North Carolina Zoo is seeking enthusiastic and energetic candidates interested in joining our seasonal employment team. The Zoo’s peak operating season is March – October each year and we offer an array of job opportunities. If you love people, animals, interested in conserving a piece of the world for generations to come and want to work at our world class zoo, this is the place for you!
We have available positions in Admissions, Special Attractions, Transportation, Environmental Services, Security/Park Ranger and Exhibit Interpreters.