Leaving a Legacy for Wildlife

Richard Zamora, Photo courtesy of Rebecca Wierda

Leaving a Legacy for Wildlife

We recently received a bequest from well-respected attorney, Richard “Rick” Zamora (1964-2016). Rick split his time between El Paso, TX and Venice, CA and had a thriving practice in Texas. Rick passed away suddenly on November 29th but his legacy lives on. Through his bequest to California Wildlife Center, thousands of imperiled wildlife will receive the care they need for a second chance at life.


Rick supported the protection of many endangered species and once said “When we speak for animals – it makes it easier for others to do the same.” He rescued two domestic rabbits that the owner was going to release to the wild. Realizing they would not survive, this kind and caring man took in the two fortunate animals and gave them run of his house. He also helped rehabilitate another domestic rabbit with a broken back.

Rick was described by this family as being someone who stood up for the underdog and who felt a great deal of compassion for animals in need.

Consistent with his life, Rick wanted to his legacy to help animals. He even stipulated that the military gun collection he left his nephews never be used for hunting or to harm animals. His family described him as very deliberate and desiring the most impact for his dollar when helping animals.

We are grateful to Rick for his gift that will continue to help the animals in need at CWC.


Thank you to Rebecca Wierda for sharing her brother’s story with us.

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