San Diego Humane Society is excited to announce our new Ramona Campus! On Sept. 1, SDHS acquired the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona from the Humane Society of the United States. Along with our existing Project Wildlife facility in San Diego, the new Ramona Wildlife Center allows us to expand our lifesaving capacity to rescue, rehabilitate and release additional species of injured and orphaned wildlife throughout San Diego County.
The 13-acre wildlife center provides care to wildlife including native apex predators such as bobcats, coyotes, bears and birds of prey. By incorporating this fantastic wildlife and conservation program into Project Wildlife, our staff will be able to care for more wild species from the point of intake, through rehabilitation and to their release back into the wild. Additionally, we will continue to care for 29 of the center’s animal ambassadors, including a bear, bobcats, more than a dozen Channel Island cats and a 47-year-old pygmy hippo named Hannah Shirley.
San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife program is one of the largest and most well-recognized wildlife programs in the country, and the new Ramona Wildlife Center will expand the lifesaving impact we can make for animals throughout our region.
Interesting Facts About Our Ramona Campus:
- It contains a fully equipped medical center with trained staff that ensure the special needs of ill, injured or orphaned wildlife can be met year-round.
- A 150-foot, free-flight enclosure for birds of prey — from Cooper's hawks to golden eagles — is the largest in North America and allows these species to exercise their atrophied muscles after recovering from illness or injury.
- Enclosures for mammals are spacious and comfortable, allowing orphaned youngsters and injured adults to get plenty of exercise and same-species companionship with minimal human contact.
- The center is one of only two licensed bear rehabilitation centers in California (Tahoe Wildlife Care is the other facility).
- The Ramona Wildlife Center will continue to care for 29 of the center’s ambassador animals, including bobcats, a bear, more than a dozen Channel Island cats and a 47-year-old pygmy hippo named Hannah Shirley. Her 13,000-square-foot paddock includes a swimming pool!