How many animals does Chintimini help?
Wildlife rehabilitation involves medically treating injured or sick non-domestic wildlife, and raising orphaned or abandoned wildlife, using methods that prepare them for release and survival in the wild.
Wildlife rehabilitation involves medical assessment, stabilization, and treatment – initially performed by experienced and licensed rehabilitators who are trained to do physical examinations, provide emergency first aid, take x-rays, immobilize fractures, manage wounds, and perform basic laboratory diagnostics.
Numerous local veterinarians donate advanced medical care when needed. After veterinary procedures, rehabilitators fill the roles of technician, dietician, and physical therapist. Once conditioning is adequate, rehabilitators make the decision to release.
CWC provides care for over 1,600 animals a year at an average cost of nearly $100 per animal.
Admissions Over The Years
Chintimini treated 1,634 patients in 2016! A New Record!
The number of wild animal admissions to CWC varies each year, but over the past 5 years, we have averaged 1,386 patients per year, with a high of 1,634 animals in 2016. As our human population increases, and more habitat is encroached upon, we have experienced a steady increase in admissions. (See pdf
for actual number for each year.)
Number of Animal Admissions by Year
In a single year, the number of admissions follows a seasonal pattern that reflects fluctuations in overall animal activities. Our most active months are typically May, June, July and August. Approximately two-thirds of our patients are admitted in the spring and summer months between April and September. This is largely due to the influx of migratory birds back into the area and because of a seasonal increase in young orphaned animals.
Patient Admissions by Month
Cause Of Admissions
Why are animals admitted to CWC for rehabilitation? The vast majority of admissions are due to direct or indirect contact with humans. Very few of our admissions are due to natural causes such as viruses. Most cases involve trauma – collisions with human-made structures such as windows, fences and vehicles, injuries from domestic pets, etc. The category of "Other" includes a wide range of causes including electrocutions, poisonings, shooting, traps, and intentional abuse. In some cases the cause of an injury is unknown, however they probably fit into these same categories. Most of the orphans that we see are because their parents succumbed to one of the previously mentioned causes.
Animal Admission by Cause, 2016
Admission by Species
Over the years Chintimini has admitted over 300 different species of wild animals for rehabilitation. The majority are birds, including songbirds, birds of prey and "other", which includes shorebirds, waterfowl, seabirds and upland game birds.
Animal Admission by Species, 2016
Updated January 2017.
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