If you have found injured, orphaned, or oiled wildlife please call us at 403-946-2361 for assistance.
Since 1993, the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) has been a champion for the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, and oiled wildlife. Accredited through the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA), AIWC serves the needs of Alberta’s diverse wildlife in Calgary and southern Alberta.
Before handling wildlife, please call us to determine whether or not the animal is truly injured or orphaned. If he/she is in distress, we can provide guidance so you can safely secure the animal.
Once animals arrive at AIWC they are fully examined to determine the extent of their injuries. Further testing is often required, such as blood and/or fecal sampling, and radiograph diagnostics. With the completion of our surgical suite in 2009, patients are no longer transported to an off-site clinic for procedures, which greatly reduces their stress levels.
At the clinic, animals are provided with treatment and supportive care. Each patient’s diet varies, being as close as possible to their natural diet. In the case of orphaned animals, they must be taught to forage or hunt for their own food as they develop.
As an animal progresses, gaining strength and injuries healing, he/she will be moved into larger enclosures and finally be moved into an outdoor enclosure. When housed outside, the animal can properly prepare for release back to the wild by conditioning his/her body and acclimatizing to the weather.
Once an animal is strong enough, volunteers often get the opportunity to release the animal back into his/her natural habitat. Animals are returned to where they were found, unless it is not safe to do. If the animal cannot be returned, an appropriate habitat will be chosen to provide each animal with the greatest chance of survival.