Being a wildlife rehabilitator is rewarding beyond measure, but it can also be a lot to handle. Wildlife rehabilitation takes an immense amount of perseverance, dedication, and countless, long hours of hard work to reach our goals of treating sick and injured wildlife. It takes a foundation of rock-solid knowledge and hands-on experience for a wildlife rehab to be successful. In this series, each tip is a tool provided by Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance to help remind and ensure you and your team are operating at your best.
For a printable copy of the full list of tips, see this Handout.
1. Stress Kills
Capturing a wild animal puts an immense amount of stress on the individual. Keeping this stress at a minimum is vital to patient recovery. The environmental stress of sensory overload due to the unfamiliar and unnatural surroundings, coupled with the individual's injury/illness can really take a toll. Minimize this as much as possible by keeping patients in a quiet area, use low voices, and limit handling to the necessities. Also, keep certain species out of sight and hearing of one another and possibly even use a background noise machine.