To rehabilitate native Nebraska wildlife and migratory birds for return to the wild; to preserve and restore native habitats; to educate youth and adults about the importance of wildlife and ecosystems by engaging them in projects and activities that contribute to the well-being of our natural environment and inspire them to take action to protect it; and to support others engaged in similar projects and activities.
To create a community in which wildlife and natural habitats are valued and protected and in which youth are educated and inspired to become leaders in environmental conservation and the sciences.
- Education is the key to the preservation of native wildlife and ecosystems and to the elimination of conflict between people and wildlife.
- All animals should be treated with dignity and respect.
- Wild animals deserve the opportunity to live natural lives in native habitats.
- Youth and adults engaged in volunteer service learn respect for people, animals, and the environment.
More About Nebraska Wildlife Rehab
Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. is a non-profit organization of professional wildlife rehabilitators working under permits from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wildlife rehabilitators provide medical management and compassionate care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild, native Nebraska species and migratory birds. Working closely with veterinarians and other wildlife and health professionals, our goal is to rehabilitate the wildlife in our temporary care for reintroduction to the appropriate wild habitat.
Compassionate people have always tried to care for wildlife in need. Research has shown that we cannot use the techniques developed for domestic pets or farm animals with wild animals and birds. National standards have been created for wildlife care, including species-specific diets and housing, environmental enrichment, and release criteria. Additionally, wildlife education guidelines have been established which take into consideration the welfare of the animals as well as the message to the public.
Letting "nature take its course" is no longer a viable philosophy. Most birds and mammals admitted to rehabilitation are suffering as a consequence of the negative impact of humans on wildlife and wild habitat. It is appropriate that we accept the responsibility of conservation and preservation of our native wildlife and wild places.
Caring people also frequently see a need to help wildlife where no need exists. NWRI volunteers are able to explain natural history, provide guidelines for determining whether or not an animal is truly in need of help, and suggest humane solutions for nuisance problems. Contributions from the public help offset the expenses incurred by our volunteers. Tax-deductible donations help meet the financial costs of veterinary care, medication, diet, and housing for our wildlife rehabilitation patients. We also accept donations of services and goods. Planned giving can be arranged to meet your individual needs.
NWRI's is currently working to build a state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. The hospital will improve our ability to provide care to wildlife in need, and allow us to work with veterinary students to help develop their wildlife and exotic animal skills. This complex will further strengthen our commitment to protect the health, habitat, and heritage of Nebraska's wildlife.