All New Mexicans, as well as visitors from around the world traveling to New Mexico, treasure our state’s abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, New Mexico’s wild animals are often injured when they come into contact with people. Many are hit by cars on open highways or shot by poachers. Others are poisoned, electrocuted or injured when they make their homes too close to what has become human habitation. The Wildlife Center has cared for more than 25,000 of these animals since 1986 and continues to rehabilitate 1,400 mammals, raptors, songbirds and reptiles each year. We heal their wounds, provide a safe place for them to rest and recover, then release them back into safe habitats.