Wildlife Rehabilitation

Wildlife rehabilitation is the care and temporary captivity of wild animals that are sick, injured, orphaned or in some state of distress. A wildlife rehabilitator is a person who is licensed by the state and/or federal government with permission to accept these animals from the public. The public is any individual such as yourself that by chance, finds one of these animals.

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The care of these animals involves aspects of veterinary care, wild animal handling, public service, education and conservation. The process of rehabilitation may take any given amount of time, but successful rehabilitation always concludes with a release back into the wild. This release is conditional on their ability to show fear of danger, especially humans, escape predators, obtain food, and select a mate of the same species.

The mission of State of Nature is to aid urban wildlife in distress, promote peaceful co-existence with our wild neighbors and appreciation of NYC’s diverse natural environment.