Wild animals face a host of hazards that can be deadly without medical treatment, such as broken limbs, parasites, tooth decay, fights with other animals, and starvation.

The residents at the Conservators Center will not face most of these conditions, and the ones they may face (like tooth decay) can be managed with veterinary care to ensure a long and comfortable life.

Every animal at the Conservators Center receives:

  • Annual check-ups
    Some of our residents are taken to veterinary clinics for their check-ups, and other residents receive onsite visits from our veterinarians.
  • Annual vaccines
  • Monthly deworming
  • Flea/tick treatment (as needed)

When an animal displays unusual behavior that could indicate a medical concern (eg, lethargy, change in normal routines, signs of infection), we confer with veterinarians and, as appropriate, take samples for laboratory testing, arrange for veterinary visits, administer medications, make dietary changes, or take any other necessary action to manage the issue.

Additionally, many of our residents receive special diets and medications to control chronic conditions.

Please consider making a contribution to the Veterinary Fund, which supports these critical needs.

Thomas Lion

We are lucky that Thomas is so comfortable with our animal keepers that he allows them to treat his ear infections.
(Photo by Kim Pyne)


Our Commitment to Care

We are proud of the care we are able to provide our residents, as we feel that every animal should be provided with everything he or she needs to age in a healthy, comfortable, and dignified manner. Our ability to provide comprehensive veterinary care is enhanced because so many of our animals are comfortable interacting with our staff through the fence. We can, for example, apply flea and tick treatment to our wolves without stress, and administer injections to Thomas Lion for his chronic ear infections.

The longevity of our residents is a testament to the quality of care we provide, and the care we provide is a direct result of the love and support of the Conservators Center community. However, we want to be able to do more onsite to reduce the stress of transporting our animals and to provide more specialized care for complicated cases as resources allow. A veterinary clinic at the Conservators Center would help accomplish this goal.