Wild Forever Foundation promotes compassion, respect and freedom for all wildlife through rehabilitation and education.
Many native species face ever-increasing threats from human development, including habitat loss from urban and suburban growth,
auto accidents, domestic dog or cat attacks, poisoning and cruelty. It is our goal to lead the community in preserving wildlife for future generations.
Every year Wild Forever cares for hundreds of infant and juvenile animals. Many of these were orphaned,
others were abandoned - and some were just separated from their parents.
Each of these babies requires a special diet - as close as we can come to the diet their parents would feed them.
Fawns, for example, drink gallons of goat's milk a day. Baby owls eat 6 to 8 large mice per day, and other baby birds and
mammals need specially designed formulas.
Humans are a poor substitute for these animals' parents, but we try our best. We are proud to report that the majority of
the babies we care for are released into the wild.
The Future of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Colorado faces a shortage of licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Fewer private citizens have the time or money to invest in a home-based rehabilitation facility. As a result, there are fewer resources available to the public who desperately seek help with injured or orphaned animals.
As fewer rehabilitators maintain their licenses, new applicants will find it increasingly difficult to get a sponsor as required by the Division of Wildlife. A center would allow people to participate without the upfront costs of a backyard facility or commit to the 24/7 care certain species require. Our training programs would assist those interested in pursuing a license.
Our vision is to build a center that will have a medical facility, and separate rehabilitation quarters for birds and mammals with full consideration for future expansion. We would like wooded acreage where we could build flight cages for larger birds of prey – away from human activity.
Our center would provide opportunities to college interns looking to gain hands-on experience. A large learning center will be incorporated to accommodate groups of children.
The Wild Forever Board of Directors
Linda Cope – President
Linda grew up in Kansas and has lived in Colorado Springs for many years.
Linda has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1995 specializing in
deer, pronghorn antelope, red fox and porcupine. She is one of the original co-founders of
Wild Forever Foundation in 1996. Linda believes that wildlife conservation needs stewardship on every
level so indigenous wildlife will be one of the keys to our quality of life here in Colorado.
Lisa Conary – Vice President
Lisa has been involved with Wild Forever Foundation for over six years. She has served as a licensed rehabilitator, officer and board member. For twenty three years she has worked for J.C. Penney, her current title is Sales Manager. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1981 and has loved this community ever since.
Carolyn Weed – Secretary
Carolyn Weed is a Colorado Springs native and became involved with Wild Forever through her husband Paul. His mom was the local duck and other native bird rehabilitator in Southern England. Both Carolyn and Paul, have become active members of this organization to carry on what she so passionately spent her life doing.
Kerri Kline – Treasurer
Kerri was born n Colorado and grew up in southern California. She has always had a deep passion for animals.
And always wanted to come back to the state she is from. The opportunity to move arose in 1986. Kerri has
been with the same employer since 1988. She joined WFF in 2011. After watching a bald eagle nest webcam,
a tragedy inspired her to help injured and orphaned wildlife locally.
WFF Non-Discrimination Policy applies to all of Wild Forevers employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors. Wild Forever follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, and dealings with the general public.