WILDLIFE WAYSTATION

aka WW, WWaystation, WWS   |   Angeles National Forest, CA   |  www.wildlifewaystation.org

Mission

Wildlife Waystation was founded in 1976 to rescue and provide sanctuary for abandoned, abused or injured wild and exotic animals.

Internationally known, the Wildlife Waystation has accepted tigers from Ireland, lions from New Zealand and Canada, and a variety of animals from across the United States, as well as Southern California native wildlife. Every rescue was important and, often life-saving.

Over the years, thousands of native wildlife have been rehabilitated and successfully released back into their natural habitat. Thousands more, mostly exotics, have remained at our sanctuary. Here, they are well cared for by animal care staff, veterinarians and dedicated volunteers for the rest of their natural lives.

Wildlife Waystation is also the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the Western United States. Most of the chimpanzees have come from biomedical research facilities.

Throughout the Waystation's history, educating the public has been a priority with a goal to preserve wildlife through understanding how to co-exist with native wildlife and why exotic animals do not make good pets. Through community programs, volunteers are available to speak to civic groups, scouts and schools. Wildlife Waystation continues this educational efforts by participating in community events throughout southern California.

Ruling year info

1985

President/Executive Director

Susan Hartland

Main address

14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd

Angeles National Forest, CA 91342 USA

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EIN

95-3190812

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Our programs

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Wild and Exotic rescue

The Waystation provides rescue and a permanent sanctuary for wild and exotic animals. Internationally known, the Wildlife Waystation has accepted tigers from Ireland, lions from New Zealand and Canada, and a variety of animals from across the United States, as well as Southern California native wildlife. Every rescue was important and, often life-saving.

Over the years, thousands of native wildlife have been rehabilitated and successfully released back into their natural habitat. Thousands more, mostly exotics, have remained at our sanctuary. Here, they are well cared for by animal care staff, veterinarians and dedicated volunteers for the rest of their natural lives.

Throughout the Waystation’s history, educating the public has been a priority with a goal to preserve wildlife through understanding how to co-exist with native wildlife and why exotic animals do not make good pets. Through outreach programs, volunteers are available to speak to civic groups, scouts and schools and offer a Ranger Program for young children as well. The Wildlife Waystation continues this educational effort by participating in community events throughout southern California. Frequently, some or our educational animals are also in attendance, a treat for the public and a way to convey our message.

Phone support to the public is provided for issues and concerns regarding native wildlife.

Population(s) Served

Participants will learn about Wildlife Waystation, The ultimate vision of the Wildlife Waystation (WW) is the preservation of wildlife and the cessation of its abuse and mistreatment and to preserve and protect animals in their natural environment. We would love to end wildlife in captivity and make the need for a sanctuary like ours obsolete and allow wildlife to live and thrive in their natural environments, which will benefit all of us. Why are there so many animals in need? Where do the animals at (WW) come from? What does it take to care for them? Individuals learn how to help the environment, learn about wildlife (native and exotic), the eco-system in their neighborhoods and how to protect it. They will become enlightened and empowered by implementing what they have learned. One of the anticipated impacts is for participants to become more involved community members and ambassadors and work to protect the environment and wildlife and learn how to keep water and air clean.

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Goals & Strategy

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The ultimate vision of the Wildlife Waystation (WW) is the preservation of wildlife and the cessation of its abuse and mistreatment and to preserve and protect animals in their natural environment. We would love to end wildlife in captivity and make the need for a sanctuary like ours obsolete and allow wildlife to live and thrive in natural environments, which will benefit all of us.
-Our long term mission for WW is to grow and evolve into an innovative sanctuary by creating biomes or natural, interactive larger habitats for each animal or family that works to connect our rescued, captive animals (present and future) with the naturally wild biomes they would normally call home, while also creating additional native habitat for species that call the San Bernadino Mountains home.
-Using our experience and expertise through educational programs and outreach to inform all ages, groups and corporations about WW, why we are here, how the animals get here, the individual animal stories and to educate people about co-existing; living alongside wildlife, what each person can do to keep wildlife and their natural habitats safe, the value of natural habitats for everyone and how to enjoy living alongside native wildlife at a comfortable distance for everyone. We would also like to expand our intern programs for veterinarians and vet techs and connect them with helping to care for, protect and preserve animals in their natural environment.

Update Financial Plan, Business Strategy Plan
Focus on monthly giving and capital projects, treat these as a campaign where these initiatives could be a huge opportunity to connect with business, foundations and individual donors on a per-project basis.
Getting people invested in each animal and the organizational mission. Sharing photos, videos, (fun) facts.
Focus on branding and marketing/messaging to increase the awareness of WW.
Increasing Educational and outreach programs that can grow beyond our immediate area that will enable us to introduce WW to a larger audience and demographics.
Speaking at conservation/wildlife/animal conferences to raise our profile to SME in the world of animal protection, conservation and co-existence

-History- The sanctuary has been around a long time and has achieved long term success with the rescue, rehab and permanent placement of native and exotic animals
-Has rescued a variety of animals from all over the world from various situations
-Ability to do emergency/disaster rescue of wildlife and exotic animals
-Rehabilitation and release of wildlife
-Strong founder, committed to the animals and org. Lifetime of 'hands-on' experience. Engaged and committed staff, BOD, BOA and volunteer base
-Animal Care Team: Subject Matter Expert on many animals and care requirements- good for potential to rescue/rehab, make statements regarding wildlife protection, etc
-160 Acres, many of these can be used to expand the sanctuary grounds/enclosures
-Has the resources and capacity to invite supporters to the facility to view/meet the animals
-Potential to expand to care for more animals and/or partner with other orgs to provide expertise and assistance to rescue and/or create sanctuaries in other areas

We have already started programs to build new enclosures, starting with reptiles and wolves.

We have architectural drawings and plans for a new Health Center and Kitchen so we can begin searching for funding

Changing the educational programs to reflect a more sophisticated and comprehensive curriculum.

Increasing outreach and attending events to increase visibility to Wildilfe Waystation and our message of wildlife sanctuary and protection and coexistence of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Financials

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Operations

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WILDLIFE WAYSTATION

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Martine Collette

Wildlife Waystation

Term: Jan 1976 -

Martine Colette Founder & Chairwoman

Wildlife Waystation

Mitch Apodaca Director

Wildlife Waystation

Toree Arntz Director

Wildlife Waystation

Andrea Kelley Director

Wildlife Waystation

Mani Arabi Director

Wildlife Waystation

Sal Mazzara Director

Wildlife Waystation

Todd Manion Director

Wildlife Waystation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No