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Specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife  in Colorado.



Wildlife rehabilitators have permits from state and/or federal governments that allow them to accept and treat animals and that regulate their work. The rehabilitation of mammals, reptiles and amphibians is regulated at a state level while the rehabilitation of birds is regulated at a federal level.


In Colorado, a wildlife rehabilitator that possesses a standard state permit can accept native wild mammals excluding white-striped skunks. A small number of wildlife rehabilitators are permitted to rehabilitate white-striped skunks and bats. No wildlife rehabilitator can accept endangered and threatened species unless they also have an Endangered and Threatened Species Permit.


In order to accept wild birds, a wildlife rehabilitator must also possess a federal wildlife rehabilitation permit as issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Approximately 20% of wildlife rehabilitators in Colorado are permitted for birds and mammals. Again, wildlife rehabilitators must possess state, federal and endangered and threatened species permits to rehabilitate endangered or threatened bird species.