Who We Are 

The Mercer County Wildlife Center is owned by Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of Wildlife Center Friends. It is a state and federally licensed facility that cares for injured, ill, and displaced native wildlife. All services provided by the Center are free of charge to those who call us for advice or bring animals in need of care. The Mercer County Wildlife Center is open 365 days a year and is directed by a licensed, full-time wildlife rehabilitator. Two additional full-time employees, four seasonal employees, and more than 70 trained and dedicated volunteers and interns gain experience and knowledge in wildlife care.

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Why We Do This 

The Center strives to preserve our natural wildlife by accepting and rehabilitating birds and mammals from the central New Jersey area. As human development continues along the east coast corridor, suitable habitat available to wildlife decreases. This leads to more human contact, resulting in an increased risk of injury to both animals and humans. The Center cares for injured, ill, and displaced native wildlife, providing medical treatment and a temporary refuge prior to release back into an appropriate wild habitat.

How You Can Help

There are many ways to help!

  • Monetary donations: Although all services we provide are free of charge to those who bring animals in need of care, we greatly appreciate donations. Visit our Donations page on this website to make your tax deductible contribution.
  • Volunteers: We always need an extra pair of hands working with the animals. Learn more...
  • Wish list donations: Caring for the injured, ill, and displaced animals that come through our door involves various supplies, many of which you probably use in your own home. Check out our Wish List!
  • Friend to animals: This job can be done on your own time and in your own backyard! For tips on ways to help wildlife, visit our About Local Wildlife page.