Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

The Demarest Nature Center cares about the wellbeing of wildlife. If you come across wildlife that you suspect is sick, injured or orphaned, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The Demarest Nature Center is not licensed by the state to take or rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

  • Only a licensed wildlife rehabilitator should handle or treat a wild animal.  Do not attempt to handle any wildlife.
  • Wild animals are not pets.  It is best to leave wildlife in the wild and respect it in its natural habitat.
  • Orphaned animals are best cared for by their parents.  Although an animal may appear to be orphaned, more often than not its parents are nearby.  Always leave them where they are. Do not attempt to move or feed them unless a wildlife rehabilitator tells you otherwise.

Regional Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities

If you encounter a young wild animal that is obviously injured or orphaned, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for advice and help.  Wildlife rehabilitators are licensed and the only people legally allowed to receive and treat distressed wildlife.  The goal of the rehabilitator is to release healthy animals back into the wild, where they belong.

Please call ahead of time before visiting the below locations.


The Raptor Trust

1390 White Bridge Road

Millington, NJ 07946

(908) 647-2353

For birds only 

Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital

754 Franklin Avenue

Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

(201) 848-1991

For injured birds, native and exotic animals

Donations are welcome and appreciated.

For a complete list of Licensed Rehab Facilities click here