WI was developed to serve as a centralized information resource,
and to connect international rehabilitators for the purposes of
networking and information sharing. It was also designed to link
members of the public who have found an injured or orphaned wild
animal with an experienced, authorized rehabilitator.
It is felt by the Humane Society of the United States, IWRC and
partners in rehabilitation that international wildlife rehabilitators
require access to reliable and correct information on the internet.
At present, numerous websites offer rehabilitation and animal care
information ranging from very poor to excellent. Individuals can
and do find this information readily, often without the ability
to discriminate between good information and bad.
As a result of questionable websites that offer poor information,
non-rehabilitators are attempting to care for injured and/or orphaned
wildlife or keeping them as pets.
Non-affiliated rehabilitators are finding questionable information
rather than networking with peers.
Animals are receiving inadequate care and are suffering or dying.
By pointing to existing reliable information, by educating the
public and non-affiliated rehabilitators on the legalities, ethics,
responsibilities and difficulties of wildlife care, and by encouraging
people to turn wildlife over to permitted and trained rehabilitators,
we hope to mitigate some of these problems. Wildlife International
also offers opportunity to educate both public and rehabilitators
on the importance of conservation through rehabilitation, and explores
the many problems faced by wildlife today.