The Need
One challenge facing Montana is the growing number of orphaned and injured animals resulting from increased pressures on wildlife and habitat. For many years, wild animals from across the state were brought to the shelter on Custer Avenue in Helena.
While this shelter served its purpose, it was never meant to be a rehabilitation center. Located in a busy, commercial section of town, it lacked appropriate heating and light. The cages were cramped and allowed humans too much contact with the animals, thereby reducing the successful return of the animals to their natural habitat. That's why the Foundation for Animals, in partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the USDA Forest Service raised funds to complete a new facility at the south end of Spring Meadow Lake State Park.
The Purpose
The new Montana Wildlife rehabilitation facility is not a zoo. It is more like a halfway house. Animals go here to heal and grow strong so they can be released back to the wild.
A Place to Learn
The new visitor and education center building adjacent to the wildlife rehabilitation facility is now open to the public. Named "Montana Wild," the visitor center offers many educational opportunities, such as interactive interpretive displays and exhibits. A field trip to the new center is a memorable learning experience for school children.
Adults will similarly enjoy visiting the new center devoted to conserving Montana's wildlife and wildlife habitat. For more information regarding seasonal hours and school field trips, please call the center at (406) 444-9944.
Become a partner in wildlife conservation.
The Foundation For Animals participates in fund raising projects that benefit wildlife at the Montana wildlife rehabilitation facility as well as projects that enhance conservation education at "Montana Wild." You can be a partner in these efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to FFA. Simply Click Here now.