The weather cooperated perfectly for the grand opening of the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center on Friday, March 8. More than 130 people attended the celebration, which included a presentation by Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society, wildlife ambassadors and tours of the new facility.
For nearly 50 years, Project Wildlife has operated in a 1,120-square-foot triage center, which is no longer sufficient to care for many animals with specialized needs in San Diego County. The Wildlife Center meets the ever-growing needs of wildlife and accommodates the incredible diversity of the animal species served.
Project Wildlife stands alone as the primary resource in San Diego County for the majority of wildlife to receive help when they critically need it. As our human population grows, we have less natural space for wildlife, which dramatically increases the need for rehabilitative care and conservation. Every year, Project Wildlife provides more than 12,000 wild animals – from raptors to squirrels and ducks – the best opportunity to receive the nurturing care they need to survive, whether it’s specialized veterinary care, injury rehabilitation or simply a safe place to mature.