Welcome to Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine! Nestled at the base of Mount Agamenticus, for 33 years our facility has treated over 50,000 injured and orphaned wild animals and presented programming to thousands of community members annually. Our vision is to instill a sense of understanding, responsibility, and compassion for our natural world leading to a society connected to nature and empowered to take action, and we do this through conservation medicine, environmental education, community empowerment, and advocacy.
The Center for Wildlife is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and strengthen relationships between humans, wildlife and the environment resulting in a healthier, more sustainable community.
To this end, we focus on three goals:
1. Strengthen our community’s overall health through the interdisciplinary approach of conservation medicine**.
2. Expand community outreach and provide learning opportunities to educate and inspire people of all ages to value the connection between wildlife, human, and environmental health.
3. Achieve and advance a diverse and viable fundraising strategy, ensuring long-term financial sustainability to support the successful growth and continued demand for our work in the community.
**Conservation medicine within Center for Wildlife is defined as: Combining veterinary medicine and natural history to return local wildlife to their ecosystems, utilizing patient information to support conservation efforts, and contributing data to the study of health relationships at the wildlife, human, environmental junction.
Click here to read our full mission, goals, core activities, and values statements
A veterinarian in York, Maine founded Center for Wildlife in 1986. The first year of operation, the phone typically rang once per week, and 100 wildlife patients were admitted. The Center was operated out of a trailor with no running water. In 1994, the Center moved to its current site in Cape Neddick, Maine, and within 5 years was treating over 1,000 animals annually.
Today, Center for Wildlife proudly serves the New England region typically managing 2,000 patients each year (native wildlife injured because of vehicle collisions, domestic pets, pollution, fishing lines, oil spills, and other human-related causes), representing more than 190 species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The clinic is run out of a modest 1,200 square foot building and a campus of over 45 outdoor enclosures, all of which can be filled with patients during our peak season of April - October. The goal of our wildlife clinic is to medically treat and provide rehabilitation to injured wild animals so that they can be released back to the wild where they belong.
For over 20 years, Center for Wildlife has also provided environmental education outreach programs bringing live animal ambassadors to schools, libraries, state parks, senior centers, professional conferences, and many other venues. Our Project Wild educators now provide a unique learning experience to over 13,000 individuals each year and enjoys partnerships with local groups committed to environmental education. Through our social media and outreach program we have a national as well as international following. The Center also offers robust internship and apprenticeship programs, and has an active volunteer base.
We collaborate with regional universities and the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to prepare for and address natural disasters and zoonotic diseases. Center for Wildlife’s Wildlife Assistance Hotline also fields over 15,000 calls each year, providing guidance to callers from all over New England.
Center for Wildlife operates out of a donated ranch house at the base of Mount Agamenticus. Within that building is our animal admissions area, medical clinic, exam room, and headquarters for our staff, interns, and volunteers. It is cozy, but we have plans for expansion over the next few years. Click here to join us for a virtual tour!