San Diego Humane Society added its 13-acre Ramona Campus in Sept. 2020 by acquiring the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center from the Humane Society of the United States. Joining our existing Bahde Wildlife Center in San Diego, the Ramona Wildlife Center has expanded our lifesaving capacity to include the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native apex predators, including bobcats, coyotes and bears. It is also home to 22 animal ambassadors!
Key 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 is home to 22 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!
Project Wildlife Stories
Twice each year, in one of nature’s most amazing events, billions of birds make enormous and hazardous journeys from their breeding grounds to wintering areas. Some travel as much as 25,000 miles every year, from the high Arctic to the tip of South America and back. Of the more than 500 bird species found in San Diego, almost 2/3 of them migrate into or out of the area every spring and fall. Join avid birder Stan Walens, who has collected almost 40 years of data on seabird populations in San Diego, talk about how the fascinating process of migration works and the benefits and problems it presents.
Join Project Coyote Ranching with Wildlife Coordinator, Keli Hendricks, for a lively presentation about coexisting with coyotes. Topics will include coyote safety, education, and programs and resources available to help residents and communities better understand and coexist with our wild neighbors.
Join us as we learn about the endangered Peninsular Pronghorn Antelope in Baja and what conservation efforts San Diego Zoo/Safari park are doing to help!