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Wildlife Learning Foundation (WLF) is a nonprofit organization, which supports the objectives of the Wildlife Learning Center (WLC).  WLF’s primary responsibility is to seek and provide financial support for WLC’s animals and education programs. 

The WLC Objectives

  • To identify and receive animals in need to provide lifetime sanctuary and care.
  • To create and implement programs based on the California State Life Science standards and make these programs available to people of all economic levels.
  • Through onsite and outreach programs, increase the public's environmental awareness, concern, and appreciation for wildlife through public education.

WLC 2012 Annual Operating Budget  

Revenues for WLC, provided through WLF, include earned income from educational activities, foundation and corporate grants, and individual donations-

Veterinary, Animal Feed and Health
Animal Permits and Equipment
Facility Expenses (Utilities, Maintenance, Enclosures etc.)
Animal Feed, Behavioral Enrichment, Non Rx Meds, etc.
Rent, Mortgage, Insurances (General liability, Workman’s Compensation,
Officer’s and Directors, Health, Business Practices)
Office Supplies, Website maintenance, Postal              
Animal Care and Administrative Payroll
Attorneys and CPA
Outreach Vehicle Payments, Maintenance and fuel

WLC’s Total 2012 Actual Operating Budget  $634, 060
WLC’s Projected 2013 Operating Budget  $673, 000

WLC’s Board of Directors

David Riherd, Executive Director
Paul Hahn, President
Amy Foote, Secretary
Tammy List, Treasurer
Lauren Faust, Board Member 

The Board Of Directors met 16 times in 2012 

WLC Needs Your Support

Ongoing fundraising supports the care of dozens of rescued and rehabilitated animals; covers veterinary care and daily animal care; funds enclosure construction and maintenance; provides school outreach programs; and pays for general operating costs. WLC's long-term goal is to expand the Center by purchasing the land it resides on, develop animal habitats, create a student classroom, and rescue more animals in need. Funds will also be needed for microscopes, desks, chairs, and biofacts.

Our staff dedicates its time, energy, and love of animals to work for this cause, but it is not enough without the support of other animal lovers. If you would like more information please contact Paul Hahn or David Riherd at 818-362-8711. 

If you would like to contribute, please send your donation to:

Wildlife Learning Foundation
15981 Yarnell Street, Suite 251
Sylmar, CA 91342

You can also support the Wildlife Learning Center
by making a donation through PayPal


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Wildlife Learning Center Experience

Visitors get an up-close look at animals from ecosystems around the world.  Visitors learn about the natural history of over fifty species of animals.  For a more interactive experience, visitors can sign up for one of our special tours and learn about topics such as wildlife conservation, adaptations, ecosystems, habitats, dietary needs, behavioral enrichment, and more.  Visitors can even schedule a personal visit with certain animals including feeding a porcupine, feeling the soft fur of a fox, touching the special armor of an armadillo, or even looking into the mysterious eyes of an owl as it perches on your gloved hand!


baby lynx Mission Statement

Provide sanctuary and lifetime care to wildlife in need and to educate the public to care about wildlife, the life sciences, conservation, and the environment we share.


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