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Native Wildlife Resources

Challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have forced The Living Desert to critically evaluate the distribution of our resources. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to close the Wildlife Rehabilitation program in order to best maintain our commitment to desert conservation. This change is effective as of June 30, 2020.

Finding a wild animal that you suspect is injured, sick, or orphaned can be stressful. It is good to familiarize yourself with resources, should you need them.

Please note: It is illegal to possess wildlife for more than 48 hours without wildlife permits. Contact a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to report finding an injured, orphaned, or sick animal.


If you are within the Coachella Valley and find a bird in need of rehabilitation, you can contact VCA Valley Animal Medical Center (760) 342-4711, Project Wildlife Ramona (760) 789-2324, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (916) 358-2790, and Riverside County Department of Animal Services (760) 343-3644:

For species-specific information, please see the below for advice on coexistence and what to do if you find an animal that you suspect needs help.

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