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Give the Gift of Saving Wildlife | 2023
In 2023, the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) celebrated thirty years of saving wildlife.
Now, as this milestone year comes to a close, we ask you to help us continue our wildlife rehab, rescue, and awareness mission. This year we released over 400 patients — from a tiny wood frog to a trio of black bear cubs.
Each year the demand for our services increases, and we attribute much of this to the rise of human and wildlife encounters. The majority of animals admitted to AIWC are here as a result of human conflict in some way – hit by a car, a window strike, a cat or dog attack or other human-related incidents. The cost to rehabilitate an individual animal can vary greatly, but in most cases, it is well over $100.00 and sometimes several thousands of dollars for one individual. By donating to our “Give the Gift of Saving Wildlife” fundraiser you can help us meet our goal of $85,000.00.
As a non-profit organization, our work depends on people like you, willing to support AIWC as we care for Alberta’s injured and orphaned wildlife.
Every dollar you give helps. Thank you for your support!
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Leave a Legacy
A gift to AIWC provides injured and orphaned Alberta wildlife a chance to be rescued, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild. As we are funded entirely by donations, each gift from our generous donors gives wildlife a chance to survive and thrive in the wild.
With a donation today, you will join other supporters who believe that wildlife is critical to our survival and the health of our environment. Our supporters believe we have the responsibility to help wildlife, as 95% of animals admitted to AIWC are injured or orphaned due to human activities.
If you choose to give monthly, your gift will make a bigger impact on wildlife that needs it the most. You’ll rest assured that your gift will provide ongoing daily care for injured and orphaned wildlife.
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Since AIWC’s founding, over 36,000 animals have been helped and there is one constant – no day is ever the same at AIWC, or at any wildlife rehabilitation centre. Some days that can be thrilling, and other days it can be exhausting, but at the end of each day comes a great sense of gratitude that we are able to help wildlife in need.
On March 29, 2023 we received a call about three black bear cubs in need. Their den site had been disturbed and their mother left. Unfortunately, the cubs were far too young to follow her, and too young to survive on their own. They were monitored for a couple of days to see if mum would return but sadly, she did not.
The cubs were transferred to AIWC for care and although a bit dehydrated, they were otherwise in good health. At intake we estimated them to be approximately 9 weeks old and there are two females and one male.
At this age they still require milk formula that is designed specifically for black bears but they are growing leaps and bounds. They will remain in our care throughout the summer and we anticipate a release in fall 2023, in line with the provincial black bear rehabilitation plan.
We have a 100% success rate with black bear cubs and are proud that each of the cubs we have released have hibernated when released in the fall and gone on to wake up in the spring and start their new journeys in the wild.
This is just the start of what will undoubtedly be a busy wildlife baby season. Thank you for your support of wildlife in need.
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) plans to raise $965,000 this year through fundraising campaigns and initiatives. It will cost the organization approximately $65,000 to raise this amount. Funds raised will go to support AIWC’s mission. For further information, please contact Katrina Terrill, 403-946-2361.