Here are some things you can do if you find an injured or orphaned wild animal:
- Please do not attempt to give food or liquids.
- Look for parents and siblings and assess surroundings for potential threats like cars, busy areas, cats or dogs.
- If the animal is not injured, first attempt to reunite its with its parents by placing the baby in a hanging basket with drainage in a nearby tree or fence. Your scent will NOT deter the parents from caring for the baby. If the parents do not return within an hour, bring the animal to The Wildlife Center of Texas. If the parents return, allow them to continue to raise it either in the basket or in their nest.
- If the baby is injured in any way or covered in ants or flies, it needs your help. Place a towel or sheet over the animal and scoot it into a box or kennel and bring to WCT.
Please note the following exceptions:
- Rabbits and deer fawn should be left alone unless in distress or injured. Their parents leave them unattended on purpose.
- Opossum mothers will not return for babies. If they are less than 9" from nose to rump, they should be brought to The Wildlife Center of Texas.
- The Harris County Health Department classifies raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes as high-risk rabies vector species and special care must be taken to ensure that no saliva exposure occurs. Please call The Wildlife Center of Texas at 713-861-9453 to speak with staff before bringing any of these animals to us.
The Wildlife Center of Texas is located at is 7007 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024. Experienced staff members are available to assist you at 713-861-WILD (9453), every day except New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Hours of Operation
September 1 - February 29, 9 a.m. – 4 .pm., seven days a week.
March 1 - August 31, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.