About

Since 1986, New Mexico Wildlife Center has inspired wildlife stewardship in New Mexico. Each year we see hundreds of injured, orphaned, electrocuted, poisoned, and human imprinted wild animals. Our goal is to raise public awareness about the value of wildlife and the conservation of safe habitats through education.

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{ Our Philosophy }

Education is paramount to raising public awareness about wildlife. If people appreciate and value their environment, they are more likely to take care of it. All of our education programs are based in solid science- chemistry, biology, ecology, and physics. We take students outside the classroom to explore locations such as the banks of the Rio Chama, the Abiquiu Formation at Plaza Blanca, Ghost Ranch, and areas of the Santa Fe National Forest. River Classroom provides students with the critical thinking skills and solid science backgrounds that will allow them to make informed decisions regarding wildlife management and ecosystem health. Our students are able to analyze information and judge its validity.  Participating students will have a foundation of skills and knowledge to begin to prepare them for the jobs in science and technology that will guide our societies to environmental health and balance. We expect great things from our students.  A healthy, balanced, thriving ecosystem for all species depends upon them.

 STAFF

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Dawn Wright, Office Manager

Dawn has a background in teaching, service-learning, and general office management. She grew up in Michigan, attended college in Indiana, and lived in Texas several years before moving to the Santa Fe area. Her love of animals comes from a childhood surrounded by pets and wildlife of all kinds. She was taught early on to respect animals and learn from them. As you can see from her picture, Dawn is really fond of wolves!

 

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Alissa Mundt, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation

Alissa was born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch in central North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology (Fisheries & Wildlife Management) from North Dakota State University. After graduation she completed a wildlife rehabilitation internship at Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. She moved to New Mexico after accepting a position in the wildlife hospital at New Mexico Wildlife Center in 2009. Alissa is currently an active member of both a mounted (horseback) search and rescue unit as well as a local therapeutic horseback riding program for veterans and individuals with special needs.

 

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Jordan McGuinn, Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff

Jordan grew up in eastern Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Kansas State University. While at K-State, Jordan spent her summers as a park ranger for the Corps of Engineers. After graduation she worked for visitor services at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and as a wildlife rehabilitator for the Milford Nature Center. Jordan moved to New Mexico in August 2016 to  join the rehabilitation staff at the New Mexico Wildlife Center. Jordan has also been playing roller derby for three years and is currently a skating member and coach for the Los Alamos Derby Dames.

 

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Audrey Sohikian, Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff

Audrey grew up in southern California. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Humboldt State University in northern California. During her college career, Audrey taught 6th graders about various environmental topics as a volunteer for an Environmental Education program. She also volunteered at an Exotic Feline Conservation Center, where she helped coordinate youth outreach programs.

 

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Tim Eberhart, Education Animal Curator

Tim Eberhart graduated from the University of Kansas racking up degrees with specializations in Anthropology, Geology, and Environmental Science. Since that time he’s cared for over 200 species of animals at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Sanibel, Florida; The Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas; The Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka, Florida; Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Washington; and the Topeka Zoo, in Topeka, Kansas. While Tim has worked with a lot of animals, his favorite animal that he’s worked with to date is a wolverine (but we think Marcel the magpie might win out eventually). He has also worked for the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. We’re excited to have Tim’s unique experiences and skill set as a part of our NMWC team.

 

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Christy Wall, Ph.D., Director of Science and Education

Christy grew up in Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and her Masters and PhD, in Atmospheric Science from the University of Utah.  During her time in Salt Lake City, Christy was awarded a GK-12 Fellowship and became very involved in outreach.  She taught science for 4th and 6th grade classes at a local elementary school and participated in outreach events such as science fairs.  She also served as a volunteer ski ranger, a snowshoe field trip leader and a wildflower guide for the Wasatch Wildflower Festival through the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.  Christy has been leading NMWC’s River Classroom Program since 2014.

 

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