OUR MISSION

To conserve and protect native wildlife and its natural habitat through education and rehabilitation.

MARS is a charitable organization whose purpose is to:

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rescue, recovery, rehabilitate, and release

ill, injured, orphaned or oiled wildlife

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educate the general public about wildlife issues

through lectures, displays, workshops, reports and publications.

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contribute to the knowledge and understanding of wildlife

by participating in research and sharing that information with wildlife organizations and the general public through meetings, seminars, conferences, reports, and publications.

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conserve and protect wildlife

and promote the conservation of wildlife habitat.

MARS is not a zoo.

Before you interfere with any wildlife

Please call us at 250-337-2021.

After hours Wildlife Emergency: 250-897-2257

The current medical facility is very much a hospital and the mammals and birds are very much patients. As far as possible, they are extended the same courtesies a human patient would receive because privacy, peace, and quiet are essential to wildlife recovery. For this reason, we don’t allow the general public access to our patients in the hospital.

MARS wildlife caregivers also follow strict protocols to ensure the lowest level of human-wildlife interaction possible in order to prevent imprinting or habituation. We want wild nature to stay wild. Our waterfowl, deer, and racoon enclosures are not accessible to the public.

The enclosures in the Mews (outdoor viewing area) are designed for the safety, security, and privacy of our resident Ambassador Birds [link to Meet Our Ambassador Birds]. We encourage quiet observation of these birds. We ask visitors to understand that our raptors are not always easy to see as they will perch in the most secluded corner of their homes.

We encourage the public to help with the rescue of injured wildlife by bringing small species to us, or to a veterinarian. With large or dangerous wildlife such as Bald Eagles or Great Blue Heron, our trained staff and volunteers will respond.