Wildlife Rehabilitator








What is a Wildlife Rehabilitator? 

Wildlife Rehabilitators usually work in rehabilitation centres. 

They take care of injured or baby animals until they are strong enough to be released into the wild.

Wildlife rehabilitation centres could specialise in:

  • birds
  • primates
  • endangered species
  • domestic animals
  • African wildlife etc

What does a Wildlife Rehabilitator do?

  • depending on the job, they could assist veterinarians or other scientists examine an animal
  • bottle feeds baby animals
  • prepares food for animals
  • monitors injured animals 24-7
  • cleans cages or enclosures
  • collects animals that have been reported injured

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about wildlife?
  • empathic?
  • able to work with injured animals?
  • physically fit?
  • emotionally strong?
  • dedicated?
  • willing to work unusual hours?
  • willing to work hard?
  • responsible?

How do I become a Wildlife Rehabilitator?

Often Wildlife Rehabilitators are volunteers that assist scientists, veterinarians, conservationists with their work at rehabilitation centres.

Wildlife Rehabilitators may study various related programmes and end up working in a rehabilitation centre. It will depend on your passions and goals.


Volunteer some of your time at different rehab centres. Get a feel of what kind of rehabilitation you’d like to get into. Once you have ignited your flame – you can then look at your study options.

Offers various courses

Here are a few samples of different rehabilitation centres:


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Wildlife/Game Veterinary Surgeon … or … Animal Nutritionist

Is becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator the right career choice for me?