The Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch facility is not open to the public. Unlike zoos, our goal is to release these animals back to the wild. The animals in our care are negatively impacted by excessive human interaction. It is for this reason that our facility is open by apointment only. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in returning these animals back to the wild where they belong.
Wildlife Rehabilitation dates back to the beginning of civilization. Human kind, by nature, seems to have a devout need to nurture.
Beginning in the late 1970's, there was a movement in this country toward standardizing rehabilitation practices and techniques. Each time there was a progression, a law changed, and rehabbers had to re-learn the way things "should" be done. With these changes in constant flux, both rehabilitators and agencies began to develop their own definitive standards and philosophies.
Many rehabilitators withdrew and began working as independents. A few started small centers dedicated to helping injured and orphaned animals. Agencies moved forward using scientific based research to improve habitat and stabilize populations support by government monies dedicated to keeping our wild populations healthy.
Sadly, there was no government support for the individual animal, so any animal injured, orphaned or otherwise in need of help had to find it's way to a wildlife rehabilitator who would care for it out of their own pocket. Thus two very distinct and important ideas developed about wildlife and our place in it's world.
The first developed through public wildlife agencies and their philosophy that the survival of the species overrode the value of the individual animal within that species. The second idea is the philosophy, obviously held by rehabilitators, that "every life matters", and that each animal deserved to be treated with care and dignity.
For many years, these two philosophies have been in conflict and although neither philosophy is incorrect, for years they have been considered mutually exclusive.
It has made it difficult for rehabbers and state and government agencies to work together for the preservation of wildlife. It has only been within the past ten years that these two schools of thought have begun to come together, realizing that the survival of a single animal supports the survival of the species, and understanding that as rehabilitators we can not save every individual animal that comes into our care.
The rehabilitators are beginning to understand the intricacies of the ecosystem, the importance of balance, and the impact of their actions, and agencies are beginning to embrace the idea that working with those rehabilitators aids the larger cause of promoting increased awareness of wildlife issues.
It is this movement that has inspired the development of WCCR. We believe that if we all start on a level field, it will be easier for us to work together and respect each other's positions and responsibilities.
Professionalism on both sides is essential, and until now, there has not been a program that state agencies could stand behind. We strive to be the bridge between two professions, creating a stronger, more professional working environment for both.
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The Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch was founded in Terrell, Tx early in 2008. At that time, our director had a vision. A vision that did not include a working wildlife rehabilitation center for at least another three years!
Through the WREN project, the plan was to create the most cutting edge, comprehensive wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation education center in the state of Texas, and then the United States. In the three short years we have been in existence, we have achieved that goal. Although the WREN project has achieved national recongnition, it is currently only available in the state of Texas.
The next goal is to make this project available in all 50 states. To make this possible we will need substantial endowments and corporate sponsorships. The exponential numbers of lives that could be saved through the expansion of this project are innumerable!
As soon as the doors were open, the calls for help began pouring in, and our director realized the immense need for a working rehabilitation center in the region. So, we began taking in wildlife, expecting only a few hundred animals. That year, almost 1,000 animals came through the doors of WCCR! The following year, more than 3,500! Our third year brought in over 4,000!
We continue to take in astronomical numbers of wildife in need. Because of our immense growth in such a short time, WCCR never had the opportunity to solidify staffing or funding for a facility of this size. Therefore, this 501(c)3 currently remains volunteer run, and owner funded. We can no longer sustain our rate of growth and are currently seeking corporate sponsorships and investors to continue operations in the state of Texas.
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