If you see a wild animal all alone, it’s easy to believe that this animal needs your help. But in most cases, its parents are likely nearby, and in most situations, human intervention actually does more harm than good. Wildlife reared in captivity or babies raised without the benefit of learning from their parents have a reduced chance of survival when and if they are released back into the wild. However, in the hands of an experienced and qualified rehabilitation expert, animals have a better chance of retaining their survival skills and being returned safely to the wild. For many that survive but become non-releasable, great care is taken to find them a permanent home. And some become AZGFD Animal Ambassadors, helping us educate others about the importance of conserving and protecting Arizona’s wildlife.
For more information on what to do if you encounter abandoned or injured wildlife, visit: www.azgfd.gov/urbanrehab.