Emergency Response

The Wildlife Center of Texas is the "go-to" organization when natural or manmade catastrophes impact the environment and native wildlife. One of the most active programs is the Oiled Wildlife Response program, which treats animals that have been affected by oil spills and trains volunteer teams and industry personnel through hands-on workshops. These teams of state and federally permitted and experienced wildlife rehabilitators, federal officials, regulatory agencies, and local citizens can care for all species of birds, mammals, and reptiles (including endangered species) during an oil spill involving wildlife or other emergencies like hurricanes and wildfires. The team is OSHA certified, HAZWOPER trained, TWIC certified and ICS trained.

The team is prepared to respond to oil spills involving wildlife 24 hours a day and are able to provide the following services:

  • Oiled wildlife assessment
  • Wildlife facility set up
  • Wildlife protection/retrieval
  • Rehabilitation/wildlife center management
  • Training

The following oil spill response equipment is available:

  • A 48-foot, custom-built, two-section enclosed top trailer with a 10,000-watt generator, three air conditioning units and a built-in water tank and fueling station to assist with collection, triage, and transport
  • A 38-foot air-conditioned bus equipped with 24 stainless steel cages and two surgery tables with anesthesia machines that can assist with triage and transport of oiled animals
  • 3,000 crates and kennels, 44 cases of towels, trash bags, and feeding bowls, etc.
  • Response equipment is stored in 8 "push pact" containers that can be trucked or airlifted anywhere for oiled wildlife response
  • The Wildlife Center of Texas is located in Houston and can accommodate well over 1,000 adult shorebirds

Visit http://www.wildlifecenteroftexas.org for more information.

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