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APES has a long history of animal rescue. Wildlife, domestic, and exotic animals are often in desperate need for our help. Although APES Sanctuary for Primates will now focus on Primate Rescue and Lifetime Care, we pay tribute to those who have enriched our lives and our world.

  • Steve Gallagos
  • White-tailed Fawn
    Fawns are placed by their mothers to rest in fields and grasses while they graze nearby. If a fawn is found while hiking, they must be left alone for the mother to return unless they are in obvious physical distress. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator or your game-warden if you have any concerns.

  • Kevin Danheiser
  • Bobcat Kitten
    Loss of habitat has resulted in some bobcats living closer to humans. Bobcats are shy, when left alone they pose no real threat to humans and are a gift to see in the wild.

  • Steve Gallagos
  • Steve Gallagos
  • Red Bat Pup
    So tiny, proper rehabilitation for survival and release is critical. Babies must be kept meticulously clean and most enjoy their baths with eye-shadow sponges.

    Most bats give birth to only one pup a year, and a nursing mother eats about 8,000 insects every night. Not related to rodents, bats are in the superorder 'Archonta' which is shared with primates. Over 95% of rainforest regrowth depends upon bats for seed dispersal. Only one-half of one percent of bats may have contracted rabies, still, NEVER rescue a bat bare-handed. www.batworld.org

  • Lee Theisen-Watt
  • Cottontail Rabbits
    Without their natural life and care from their mother, removing a baby cottontail from its nest is tragic and almost certain death for the baby. Cottontail babies will be visited by their mother only a couple of times in a 24-hour period and most often will not be seen. This is to protect her litter from predators. Never seeing the mother is natural, but be assured she is a devoted parent. Contact a rehabilitator if you have concerns.


  • Lee Theisen-Watt
    Cottontail
    Ready for release, this cottontail came to us as a baby that had been severely injured by a domestic cat. Now healed, she has a second chance in the wild.

  • Lee Theisen-Watt
    Racoons
    Orphaned raccoon siblings arrived emaciated and compromised. Both recovered beautifully in rehabilitation and were released back to the wild to survive as nature intended.

  • Lee Theisen-Watt
    Oppossum
    This baby, and his three sisters and brother, survived after their mother was killed by a car. His little broken leg healed quickly. As young healthy sub-adults the family was returned to the wild as skilled and proficient opossums.

  • Wildlife Rescue
    Each species require a very specific type of replacement milk. Never feed a baby wild animal, the wrong milk could cause its death. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator for help as soon as possible. Often, babies can be reunited with their mothers which is by far the ultimate best for any baby. www.iwrc-online.org

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