Wildlife rehabilitators are professionals responsible for the care and treatment of injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife. The ultimate goal is to return healthy animals to the wild by fostering their release into appropriate habitats.
What are the tasks and responsibilities of a wildlife rehabilitator?
What does a wildlife rehabilitator do?
- Evaluating animals and identifying injuries.
- Working with veterinarians to determine a treatment plan.
- Administering medication and overseeing progress.
- Reintroducing animals slowly back into their habitats.
What does a wildlife rehabilitator do on a daily basis?
Feeding animals and cleaning their living environment. Supervising and keeping records of animals’ rehabilitation progress. Reintroducing animals to their natural habitats slowly. Placing animals unable to return to the wild in educational facilities or refuges.
What skills are needed to be a wildlife rehabilitator?
The wildlife rehabilitator should have a good working knowledge of wound management, fluid administration, the nutritional needs of various species, and humane restraint and capture techniques. They are responsible for feeding, cleaning cages, and providing a safe environment for the animal.
What is the role of rehabilitation of animals?
Wildlife rehabilitation helps injured and ill animals return to their ecosystems so that they can continue to play their roles. Wildlife rehabilitation is especially important for endangered species.
How much money does a wildlife rehabilitator make?
What about pay? Figures from Indeed suggest that Australian wildlife rehabilitators can earn from $62,700 up to $103,400 for more specialised roles. Managers can make even more than this if they hold senior positions.
How much does a wildlife rehabilitator make per hour?
The average wage for a wildlife rehabilitator in the United States is around $13.36 per hour.
How can I work with animals without being a vet?
Here are 12 jobs working with animals that could pay the bills:
- Kennel attendant, pet sitter and dog walker.
- Veterinary assistant.
- Laboratory animal caretaker.
- Veterinary technicians.
- Animal control worker.
- Conservation and forest technicians.
What does a rehabilitation do?
What is rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is care that can help you get back, keep, or improve abilities that you need for daily life. These abilities may be physical, mental, and/or cognitive (thinking and learning). You may have lost them because of a disease or injury, or as a side effect from a medical treatment.
Can you make a living as a wildlife rehabilitator?
Pay Scale. Most wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers. Paid positions do exist, however. The general annual pay range is between $20,000 and $40,000, with senior positions at large facilities having salaries of up to $75,000 per year.
How do you become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator?
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have passed a state examination on wildlife rehabilitation, complete an application, provide evidence of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator willing to mentor them, provide evidence of a veterinarian willing to assist them and maintain approved facilities.
What are the disadvantages of being a wildlife rehabilitator?
Cons: The wild animal will become dependent on humans to take care of them. You could potentially harm the animal more the helping it. Taking the animal out of the circle of life.
How do you become a wildlife carer?
To become a volunteer rescuer and carer with WIRES you need to complete WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC). Completing the initial RICC training enables you to rescue a range of sick, injured and orphaned native animals and provide some immediate care.