In the spring and summer months, hundreds of species of wildlife from owls to mink to ducks court, breed and begin to care for their helpless babies in an increasingly busy urban environment.
For both first-time and experienced parents, raising babies in our developed communities is incredibly challenging. Unfortunately, many of these babies find themselves in need of life-saving help every day – if their mother is hit by a car and can’t return to care for them, if the baby gets attacked by one of our pets, or needs help for many other reasons.
To address this yearly seasonal crisis, Toronto Wildlife Centre’s goal is to care for and release as many wild animal babies as possible! With our activities funded 100 percent by donations however, our ability to care for these wild babies is limited to the donations that we receive from caring people like you.
And that’s where you come in! We would like to invite you to sponsor a wild baby! Your sponsorship will help to care for over a thousand wild babies this spring.
Initial care for each baby is much more expensive than the rest of their stay; every baby we admit is given a medical exam and initial treatment to stabilize them – they need to be warm, be given fluids, fed an emaciation diet if necessary, and given an individual treatment and care plan. All of this requires hundreds of hours of valuable staff time.
Your generous sponsorship will help to care for the species of your choice! Included in your sponsorship: a personalized sponsorship certificate, a post card of your sponsored wild baby with interesting information about them on the back, and the joy of knowing you’ve made a difference in the life of a wild baby animal!
Sponsor a Baby Mallard!
Mallard ducklings are tricky patients! They need specialized food – live bugs daily, fresh-cut clover and grass to maintain a healthy diet, and enough sunlight to supply Vitamin D for proper bone growth. Just as important, they need to learn what it means to be a duck if they are to be released back into the wild.
In a natural setting, mallards are raised in family groups where they learn to forage and swim together. When they’re orphaned or in care, we mimic their experiential training by ensuring that they’re always raised in groups with other mallards. Together they sleep, swim, preen and forage for food as they slowly grow up.
Your generous sponsorship will make this kind of high-quality care possible. Thank you!
Click here to sponsor a mallard duckling!
Sponsor a Baby Cottontail!
Cottontail rabbits are some of the most frequently spotted wildlife in our neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, mother rabbits and their nests are also frequently spotted by our pets. While the quick-moving adults are seldom caught, infant rabbits are too young to run away and can be injured by investigating pets.
Baby cottontails are also too often orphaned when well-meaning individuals ‘rescue’ them from a nest that appears to be abandoned, and is not! Days later, when the mother has given up looking for her young, the well-intentioned ‘rescuer’ brings the babies to TWC for care.
Typically, a baby cottontail needs to spend a month in our care, in a specialized rabbit-friendly enclosure with a heat source that mimics the body heat of their mother. When these babies are very young, they need tube-feeding three times a day.
Your generous sponsorship will make this kind of intensive care possible. Thank you!
Click here to sponsor a baby cottontail!
Sponsor a Baby Painted Turtle!
Baby turtles are very fragile and require highly specialized care: a swimming area with easy land access so they don’t drown, a warm environment that’s not too hot, and micro-mealworms to eat.
Depending on when they hatch, we care for them for weeks or months, and release them when they have the best chance to survive. When you sponsor a baby painted turtle, you’ll make a huge difference to this species in decline.
Click here to sponsor a baby painted turtle!
Sponsor a Baby Grey Squirrel!
Baby grey squirrels are some of our most demanding patients, requiring hand feeding up to five times a day! To keep their tummies full, and the babies healthy, clean and warm, we need an army of staff and volunteers. Most years at TWC, more than 40,000 hand feedings of baby squirrels are needed!
Baby squirrels are often very young when they’re admitted, and may be weak and dehydrated. Each baby is given a careful exam to determine their status and care needed.
To ensure that they develop into young adults capable of thriving in the wild, squirrel babies are given a specialized diet, a constant heat source to mimic the heat given off by the mother squirrel in the wild, and companionship to promote healthy social development.
Your generous sponsorship will make this ‘squirrel-specific’ intensive care possible. Thank you!
Click here to sponsor a baby grey squirrel!
Sponsor a Baby Virginia Opossum
Even when the mother hasn’t survived, or we’re not able to save her, the babies may be still be alive in her pouch and we do all we can to rescue them.
Because the babies have no suckling reflex, they require specialized tube-feeding – exact amounts are needed since the baby can’t say when it’s full! We replicate their omnivorous diet with berries, fish, insects and cottage cheese, and our rehabilitation team monitors them daily to ensure they’re thriving, and ready to be released back to the wild.
Your generous sponsorship of these unique marsupials makes their specialized care possible. Thank you!
Click here to sponsor a baby opossum!
Sponsor Any Baby in Need
Without TWC’s specialized, species-specific care, countless wild baby animals would not have the opportunity to survive and learn the skills necessary to return to the wild…