Wildlife Center there to help

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By The Staff

ESPAÑOLA – The Wildlife Center here has been promoting responsible coexistence between humans and wildlife for some 20 years, reports Katherine Eagelson, the center’s executive director.

“We are the only permitted wildlife hospital in New Mexico,” she said. “We care for large mammals and endangered species.”

She said that they get more than 1,200 animals a year and return more than 55 percent back to the wild.

“We get animals from all over New Mexico, from rats to bears,” Eagelson said.

The center has been in its current location in Española for the past four years and they do more than treat injured wildlife.

“There are 34 animals here that we use for wildlife and habitat education,” she said.

The purpose of the center is to preserve the greatest possible diversity of life.

The center is a nationally recognized education and rehabilitation facility and seeks to preserve wildlife by actively educating people to care for ecosystems and by rehabilitating and releasing wild animals into safe habitats.

There are 10 people on staff, with dozens of dedicated volunteers.

The center gives tours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For information about our organization and programs contact the center at P.O. Box 246, Española New Mexico 87532, or by calling (505) 753-9505.