Our Mission

California Wildlife Center takes responsibility for the protection of native wildlife through rehabilitation, education, and conservation.  It is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native California species, who otherwise would be left to suffer from the effects of human encroachment, habitat destruction and environmental damage.

Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and rehabilitation facilities, a cadre of professionally-trained staff, dedicated volunteers and an engaged community.

Our Values

California Wildlife Center is committed to creating a healthy sustainable planet that values all life. To accomplish this, CWC is engaged in inspiring members of the community to:

– Define and adopt best practices for the environment, including habitat protection
– Ensure imperiled wildlife have access to appropriate medical and rehabilitative services

What we do

As the Los Angeles area’s premier wildlife medical care and rehabilitation facility, California Wildlife Center strives to ensure that each animal in our care receives the highest level care to allow them to return to their wild state. Since 1998, CWC has experienced a steady increase in animal patients, caring for more than 44,000 wild animals, many whose injuries were caused by the impacts of their urbanized environments.

A long term goal of the center is to promote protection of wild habitats and the environment through education, training and partnerships with the communities it serves. Many people have questions and misconceptions about how to help wildlife, which can create unintended consequences to the wildlife they admire. Some conflicts with wildlife occur when raccoons empty trash cans, deer raid gardens and birds nest in chimneys.

Coexistence begins with the understanding of how to share our communities with wild animals. In order to do this, we educate individuals about the animals in their environment and provide solutions to existing problems, such as helping a neighborhood discourage a prowling coyote.

Why What We Do Matters

When people learn about the hardships animals face each day, they are more willing to take a proactive approach toward protecting the natural environment and the habitats of our wild neighbors. At CWC, we educate communities, and in doing so, we are challenging homeowners, teachers, students and businesses to continue learning about our environment and enriching the lands in which we live and play.

Many people call us for advice on how to live with wildlife. You will find helpful tips for coexisting with and respecting wild animals in our Coexisting with Wildlife section.


Since 1998, CWC volunteers have been outstanding in their field!

AboutUs_History_280x115In a quiet area of the Santa Monica Mountains – on land generously provided by California State Parks – sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife receive quality medical care and rehabilitation, with the intent of releasing them back into the wild.

Founded in 1998, CWC was initially an organization of dedicated volunteers working from home. At this same time, Aaron Frank was making a transition from having successful law practice in Atlanta to a becoming a wildlife rehabilitator and environmental champion. Soon after getting his hands dirty at the 1997 oil spill at Point Reyes National Seashore, he took the opportunity to help California Wildlife Center transform itself into a fully functioning wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

The organization was granted use of an old ranger station in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. This remains the primary facility and provides administrative space and a base of operation for staff.

In 2006, a new Intensive Care Unit facility was completed.  In 2008, our aging baby Care Unit was re-vamped to provide better space and light for the young orphans residing there during the year.   We currently have several large flight pens, small flight pens, small mammal enclosures, state-of-the-art fawn and coyote rehabilitation enclosures, and an outdoor skunk enclosure along with a surgery center and rabies vector unit.  In 2013, CWC was able to expand our capabilities to provide facilities for the rehabilitation and release sick and/or injured marine mammals in our region.