Welcome to Irelands First Wildlife Hospital

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Today we have 410 wild patients in our care!

On the current site the electricity trips on a regular basis, the toilets back up and all too often there is no hot water. Our interns and volunteers are still working around the clock painting, fixing, cleaning, saving lives.

And that’s what this is all about, saving those precious lives to ensure our environment continues to remain balanced and healthy so we can all enjoy this living heritage that is our native Irish wildlife.

Please help us to help them by donating towards the new hospital build 

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Latest News

We have some very exciting news to share!

Due to public demand, we are inviting you to come for a Wild Ways Walk and Talk with us as we chat about all things wildlife. Hear about our work, not just in rescue and rehabilitation, but also in building Ireland’s first dedicated wildlife hospital. Spend a fun, interactive 90 minutes with us here at the WRI Wildlife Hospital in Navan!

Find out more about Wild Ways »

Visitors from the garden committee of St Anne’s National School in Navan, building a bug hotel for the hospital

Want to hear more?

Our talks cater for both primary and secondary schools, as well as community groups. If you would like us to visit you for a talk or book an online talk, you can email education@wri.ie.

Head over to our education page for more detailed information and booking.

Book your Virtual Talk or Group visit! »

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Featured Fundraisers!

Thank you so much to Hannah, Shuna, Fiadh, and Dervla, who had a book and cake sale in aid of the Wildlife Hospital and raised a substantial amount of money!

Thank you to all of our amazing fundraisers past and present!

Big Win for the Wildlife Hospital!

We were thrilled to be chosen as the winner in the Heritage category of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The much needed €10,000 prize money went towards our avian enclosures and meant we could build this beautiful waterfowl enclosure as well as make a start on a new aviary.

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WRI Charity Shop

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The WRI Charity Shop supports Ireland’s first wildlife rehabilitation & teaching hospital.

Purchases can be collected in Cavan or posted nationwide.

If you are doing a clearout and you haven’t decided what to do with items you don’t need anymore, please keep us in mind.

We accept clean clothes, shoes and accessories ( for adults and kids). Donations can be dropped off at Pet Shop Boyz Cavan or at the Wildlife Hospital (Garlow Cross, Navan).

All money raised goes towards WRI Wildlife Hospital and our shop is 100% voluntary work.

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Due to the significant increase in awareness of wildlife during the pandemic, the demand for the rehabilitation of wild animals has rocketed since March last year.

WRI has responded by creating an interim Emergency Wildlife Hospital which is situated at Garlow Cross in Co. Meath.

You can also find useful and easy to follow information and guidance if you find an injured wild animal on our sister site, www.irishwildlifematters.ie

For Emergencies Please Call Now »

The Hospital

Thousands of injured and orphaned wildlife casualties are in need of rescue and rehabilitation every year. They are nurtured back to health here in the WRI Wildlife Hospital.                                             

The new Wildlife Hospital has:

  • EXPERTISE and capacity to care for and rehabilitate all native wildlife species. Fully trained staff to look after the hospital, animals, and provide on-site education and training for interns.
  • ACCOMMODATION to house all the wildlife undergoing rehabilitation:- aviaries, barns, enclosures, pools etc! Onsite accommodation for both national and international volunteers
  • SUPPORT SYSTEM in place to facilitate the involvement of the local community and social partnerships. Onsite volunteer opportunities for facility maintenance and construction of wildlife housing.                                       

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The Wildlife

Our native wildlife is under pressure. We see all species come through the hospital with a range of injuries and illness, from road traffic accidents to cat attacks.

Our main focus will always be to:

  • RESCUE an injured, sick or orphaned animal using our nationwide team of volunteers.
  • REHABILITATE these animals with fair and ethical treatment while determining their chances of recovery and subsequent survival in the wild.
  • RETURN any wild animal, once fit enough, to the area where they were found. This is extremely important for the biodiversity of that area, as each creature has an important part to play in the delicate ecosystem. The increased professionalism in wildlife care will give injured animals the best chance of survival once returned back into the wild.

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The Future

With the appropriate funds, we envision an exciting, unique, fun, and educational experience for visitors to the WRI Wildlife Hospital!                                        

We will offer:

  • EDUCATION about wildlife rehabilitation through real-life stories about the patients and from the staff. What you can do to help conserve Ireland’s native species.
  • CONNECTION with wildlife rescues, recuperating patients and day to day life at the hospital through the use of specially designed hides, one-way glass, CCTV and more.
  • EXPERIENCE the patients in the hospital change as they recover and are released and as the patient species, types change with the changing seasons of the year.
  • DISCOVER what we do, and what you can do to help conserve Ireland’s native species.

Join us in raising funds to complete this project! »

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