Caring for Minnesota's wildlife

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota provides
quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured,
sick and orphaned wild animals, and shares its knowledge
with the people who care about them.


Open every day of the year!



9am-8pm Mon. - Fri.

9am-6pm Sat. - Sun.





Welcome to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

You've Found a Bat? We're Here to Help.


Our somewhat wonky fall weather is confusing bats a bit: We're still receiving calls about people finding bats stranded outside on buildings.


If you find a bat and are concerned, you're correct: they should not be outside, especially with colder weather on its way.


Timing is key. Bats have a very high metabolism and need to be transferred to a licensed rehabber as soon as possible. They can also develop frostbite on their wing membranes (and other areas), so we don't want them outside.


First step is to safely contain the bat.

Find a decent size Tupperware container with a lid and an old pillowcase.

Punch a dozen airholes in the lid of the container.

Put the pillowcase, crumpled up, in bottom of the container to act as a bed.

Go to where the bat is and place the Tupperware immediately below it, flush to the object to which it's clinging. Use the lid to gently push or scrape the bat down into container then put the lid on the container.

The bat may hiss or chatter at you, that's normal.

Bats are rabies vector so do not handle the bat. If it starts to fall, let it - don't instinctively reach out to grab it. Once it's on the ground, do the same scraping/scooting motion to get it into container. We're open every day 9am-6pm. There is another rehabilitation facility in Garrison and an independent rehabber in Duluth. If you need phone numbers for the other rehabbers, just give us a call: 651-486-9453.



Following up on an animal you brought to us? Drop us a note ( with the person's name who admitted it, the approximate date and the species. We'll get back to you within 7-10 days. (thank you for your patience!)




Learn more about how we provide medical care in our Case Studies.



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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) in Roseville, Minn., is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization. The WRC was established in response to the increased need for medical care of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. With a medical staff of 9, the Center is one of the oldest and busiest wildlife medical hospitals in the nation. More than 600 volunteers care for, rehabilitate and release the wildlife that they've worked with. The WRC treats more than 13,000 wild animals every year, representing more than 185 different species.


We cannot give tours since we do not keep any animals for educational use. We do have an open house every winter, usually in February. Watch our Facebook page or register for our emails to keep up to date with WRC.


Learn more about our staff and Board of Directors.

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