Medicine River Wildlife Centre’s journey towards a new facility has been a long and often difficult one, with promises not kept, a dishonest contractor, and an unsuccessful funding application. However, there has been a lot of good news along the way and many friends made. Numerous individuals, community groups, and businesses have stepped forward to support the project and now nearly 85% of the new million-dollar facility has been identified with only a further $170,000 to raise.
A Birds of Prey compound costing $160,000 with 8 recovery cages under one roof is also in the fundraising stage with plans to construct in 2019. Current cages are quickly becoming unusable and housing birds of prey will no longer be possible without this new enclosure.
Demand for education programs, phone support, wildlife conflict resolution, and animal rescue are in growing demand with well over 2000 wild patients cared for each year, 10,000 phone calls received, and 500 requests for solutions to wildlife conflict situations.
To reach our financial goals, Otis the Owl and his new friend, Fang the Skunk, have stepped up to help once again. Over the winter months when individuals, groups, or businesses within the Red Deer region donate $1,000 or more, Otis or Fang will personally come to your place of business or home, have a photo op, and thank you for your support.