Help, I Found an Animal!

If you cannot find the answer you need on this site, please call New Mexico Wildlife Center for further assistance, 505-753-9505. We are happy to advise you, and are available between 8:30 and 4:30, seven days a week. If it is after hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Is it injured?
Sick and injured wildlife need assistance from licensed wildlife rehabilitators and/or veterinarians. Please call New Mexico Wildlife Center for advice on the best way to help these animals. You may see an injured animal that is lying on its side, have broken limbs, or other wounds. Learn more here about how to safely help sick and injured wildlife. [link to page called Helping Injured or Sick Wildlife]

Is it an Orphan?
Many young animals seen alone are not in need of being “rescued” by humans. Oftentimes these young animals are still receiving care from their parents, or may even be old enough to survive on their own! For example, some mammals, such as rabbits and deer, regularly keep a distance from their young to avoid drawing attention to their location. We encourage those who care about wildlife to call us at New Mexico Wildlife Center before attempting to intervene. Learn more about assessing whether a young animal needs help. [Link to page called Helping Young Wildlife]

Please do not Try to Save One Wild Animal from Another
We encourage everyone to respect nature and ask you not to interfere in natural predator/prey interactions. Hawks eat rabbits, snakes eat mice, and raccoons eat baby birds. These relationships are necessary for a balanced ecosystem.

Never Put Human Safety at Risk
Wild animals will defend themselves when approached, regardless of your good intentions.

If you live Outside of New Mexico
The following organizations have a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators by state: