Ever wondered what happens to wildlife that gets into trouble in our urban and rural communities? Don’t miss a fascinating opportunity to come behind the scenes and tour Wild ARC, the BC SPCA’s wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin, just outside of Victoria.
The Wild ARC facility is normally restricted to staff and volunteers as they work to save these wild lives, but there’s one weekend each year when community members are invited behind the scenes to get a glimpse of wildlife rehabilitation in action.
There are many diet requirements, release considerations and factors to take into account when rehabilitating each patient that comes to Wild ARC for care.
There are a wide range of wild patients that are brought in for care at Wild ARC. Anything ranging from delicate baby hummingbirds to injured river otters, to orphaned deer fawns. Each species requires specialized housing, care, and nutrition, and we are able to provide that in one multi-faceted facility.
During its annual Open House weekend, Wild ARC’s specialized team of staff and volunteers welcome the public to explore the facility and discover how they help the community’s wild neighbours. Operating 365 days a year, Wild ARC has cared for more than 40,000 wild patients since opening in 1997.
Members of Wild ARC’s friendly volunteer crew guide small tour groups through the 10-acre property, showing how the rehabilitation team cared for more than 140 different species last year.
Wild ARC’s Open House will take place between noon and 4 p.m. on March 28th and 29th – tour reservations are required to ensure all guests get the most out of their experience.
The event is free but donations are appreciated and will go toward Wild ARC’s life-saving work. To avoid potential stress, no wild patients are available to view, but a live educational raptor will be on-site. Please note that dogs are not allowed as we want to avoid any potential disturbances to our wild patients.
Wild ARC is located at 1020 Malloch Road in Metchosin. Only 1,000 guests can be accommodated during the two-day event, so reserve a spot today with your family and friends! Currently the event is sold out, but we do recommend that anyone interested continue to check for openings as there are cancellations.