A three-month-old opossum receives treatment. (Photo courtesy WildCare)

A three-month-old opossum receives treatment. (Photo courtesy WildCare)

WildCare seeks to raise $1M for matching grant to build new facility

A Marin wildlife rehabilitation center is asking the public for help in matching a $1 million donation given towards the building of a new facility.

The ambitious new facility, which will cost a total of $12 million to complete, will include rehabilitation spaces for larger animals, such as coyotes and deer. Existing buildings will be renovated, and new classrooms and exhibit spaces will be constructed to better highlight the center’s Twerilliger Nature Education programs.


WildCare has so far raised $7.2 million for the new space, and thanks to this new donor, is taking a big step closer to being able to break ground. The donation of $1 million is a “challenge grant,” which means that in order to receive the full amount of the funds, WildCare must raise $1 million of its own by Sept. 1 2017 in order to receive the full funds.

“A pledge like this from an individual donor shows the commitment our community feels to making sure WildCare’s future is sound and successful,” says Vaughn R. Maurice, new Executive Director of WildCare. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for this new $1 million challenge grant.”

WildCare’s work recently made headlines with the rescue and rehabilitation of five baby raccoons who traveled across the country in a moving truck. The raccoons spent several months at WildCare before being transferred to the Oakland Zoo.

The organization also treated a young bobcat who was hit by a car in November of last year, and an injured river otter  in October.

Those who would like to make a donation to WildCare’s new facility can do so by emailing Ellyn Weisel, Director of Development at ellyn@wildcarebayarea.org, or giving her a call at 415-453-1000 x31.animalsMarinrescuesan rafaelwildcare

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