Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary’s mission is to rehabilitate and return injured and orphaned wildlife to the wild; and through its sub-programs, to provide hands-on educational opportunities for our youth and communities in order to promote a healthy coexistence with wildlife and our ecosystem.
Snowdon specializes in the rehabilitation of local wildlife inclusive of orphaned baby birds and mammals; and injured small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. The facility is not equipped to transport or house large mammals such as adult deer and elk.
Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary provides native habitat and natural conditions that help rehabilitated wildlife assimilate back into the wild.
Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a semi-remote location bounded by State and National Forest land near McCall, ID. It was originally founded by Linda DeEulis in the early 80’s and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1989. Linda passed away in 2012.
The sanctuary location, a mountainous and forested area in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem, lies along the Lake Fork River and is part of a significant drainage area. It’s also a key migration corridor for elk, wolves, bears, wolverines, cougars, and other animals heading to and from the vast Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area.
The 35-acre sanctuary has a number of animal pens and enclosures, and a clinic well equipped to care for ill and injured birds and animals. Large two-acre enclosure and a one-acre enclosures house and care for larger animals such as Black bear cubs. Rehabilitating cubs are usually kept through the winter in the two-acre enclosure and then are released back into their natural habitats in June. All facilities are off-the-grid and use green technologies.
The Educational Dome and Visitor Center is located near the entrance to the sanctuary. The center, open from mid-June until Labor day, features wildlife displays and artifacts to teach about local wildlife. Summer staff also provide visitors with interpretive programs with the educational birds.
In 2006, Snowdon’s Board of Directors placed a conservation easement on the property through the U.S. Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, ensuring that this natural gem will be protected forever.
Meet The Team
Snowdon truly runs on volunteer power! In our organization, non-profit means NON-profit! With the exceptions of one salaried position (on-site Manager), and small stipends for summer interns, the organization is run by dedicated volunteers who donate their expertise and hundreds of hours of time each year. Donations go directly to the care and feeding of the wildlife at the facility.