Wildlife Waystation rescues and provide sanctuary for wild animals. Your support helps us make sure they receive the best possible care every day. We keep them smiling, but it takes a lot!
We've helped more than 76,000 abused, abandoned, orphaned and injured animals during the last 41 years. “We take the animals that other people don’t want, or couldn’t take care of any longer, and provide them a healthy home for the rest of their lives,” said Martine Colette, Founder of the Wildlife Waystation. Today, our sanctuary is home to 400 animals, all of which are rescues.
Wildlife Waystation, located in the Angeles National Forest just north of Los Angeles, is the oldest sanctuary of its kind in the United States. We are home to Siberian and Bengal tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, primates, hyenas, bears, foxes, reptiles, exotic birds, birds of prey, bison, alpaca and many more. We also care for 40 chimpanzees that were once used for testing in biomedical research laboratories. We've given these chimps happy lives!
One of our American black bears, Libearty, was considered a nuisance because she roamed too close to local communities. Authorities shot her, and when she fell from a tree she had climbed, she broke her front arm. Thanks to our exceptional veterinary care, she’s healthy.
Dorian, is a California gray fox, was rescued at just one week old by a private citizen when a hawk dropped him in her backyard. He was unable to be returned to the wild. But, he'll always have a safe home with us.
Four Hyenas, Gulliver, Domino, Kombo and Winnie, were once a part of a university behavioral research study. Now they have large enclosures to roam and enjoy.
Jack and Janet are young baboons, and Penelope is a porcupine, retired from the film industry. Our lions, Bolero & Tangassi, and our lionesses Gypsy, Mombasa, Kalahari, Elsa and Rafiki, are also former entertainment industry performers. Today they don't follow anyone's cues, but can play by their own rules.
Mira, a tiger, was en route to a zoo, but was rejected due to eyesight problems. She now lives with her adopted brother Bhutan, who had to pose for pictures as a cub. The pair loves to play together.
Two of our alpacas, Legend and Tango, are siblings which were abandoned by their owners when they moved away from their property.
What do funds support?
The needs of each of our 400+ animals that call Wildlife Waystation home vary greatly. Staff is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We provide basic needs of clean, comfortable living spaces; fresh, healthy food and water. We also staff two full-time veterinarians to manage preventative and evaluative healthcare. Our robust enrichment programs keep our animals content, relaxed....and smiling!