WILDLIFE HOSPITAL AND REHABILITATION CENTER
Hawai‘i Wildlife Center (HWC) provides medical treatment and rehabilitation to sick and injured native birds and bats from throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center Wildlife Hospital serves all Hawaiian Islands.
HWC’s main hospital facility is on Hawai‘i Island. HWC also has satellite capabilities on O‘ahu and Lānaʻi along with partnerships throughout the State. The Oʻahu Seabird Aid and Manu o Kū soft release programs are partnership projects that operate under HWCʻs State and Federal rehabilitation permits.
The Hawai‘i Wildlife Center is equipped with the facilities and expertise to respond to birds affected by oil spills, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. HWC committed to best response protocols to ensure the safety of both the affected wildlife and the public.
HWC is the designated response facility in the Hawai‘i Area Committee Response Plan and our staff participate in contingency planning for disaster response. We also provide training on wildlife first response.
RESPONDER, RESEARCH, AND CONSERVATION CAPACITY BUILDING
Training: HWC provides wildlife response consultation and wildlife response training courses throughout the Pacific Islands region.
Research: HWC has the capability to assist with native species research. Collaborations have included studies on seabird genetics, plastics in seabirds and rodenticides.
Field Assistance: HWC can consult on hands-on capture, handling, husbandry and first response. HWC has assisted projects throughout the Pacific Islands including projects on Palmyra, Midway, Kure Atoll, Laysan, Guam, Saipan, and the main Hawaiian Islands.
Training requests, research projects, and consultations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out and let us know what your needs are.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
The conservation, education and outreach focus of HWC takes a wide approach and incorporates native species conservation, biological sciences, native ecosystems, conservation careers, professional training and student internships.
HWC is a frequent participant and exhibitor at many community outreach events. Educational programs at the HWC facility are currently offered on a limited, case-by-base basis. Visitors are encouraged to check out our Ho‘opūlama Science and Discovery Center, an interactive space that highlights native wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, biology, and wildlife medicine.