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Our Mission 

The Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals to their natural habitat. Through educational outreach the Center provides environmental awareness, promotes a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourages the community to protect our delicate ecosystems. 

Please call (636) 394-1880: if you have found an animal that has obvious injuries or illness. Do not give any food or water as this can be harmful to the animal. Don't be a kidnapper: finding a young animal alone does not necessarily mean it needs "help" from a human. Wild babies are sometimes left alone while their parent(s) look for food. 



A deer hides in the bushes in Serge Marinkovic's front yard in Belleville in June 2021.

What to do if You Find a Baby Deer
Alone in Your Yard

"Concerned residents will often call their local wildlife centers thinking the fawn was abandoned by its mother. But in most cases, the fawn is safe, said Ballwin Wildlife Rescue Center executive director Kim Rutledge..."

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For St. Louis Foxes, a Happy Ending Thanks to Wildlife Rescue Center

“We try to get them back out to their wild home as quickly as they can,” says Rutledge. “That’s absolutely what’s best for them and for [the center’s] limited resources.”

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  Wild, wild life: Busy baby season keeps St. Louis rescuers scurrying

"May and June are the busiest months of the year for this nonprofit facility, a time of year when cottontail rabbits multiply like, well, rabbits, and when baby seasons for other critters align."

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