About the Hospital
World Bird Sanctuary began rehabilitation in 1977. In 2005, WBS officially opened the doors to the current Kathyrn G. Favre Wildlife Hospital which gives us the ability to treat more patients. Through the years WBS has been called upon by many government agencies to assist in the rescue and relocation of smuggled and confiscated animals.
The Wildlife Hospital provided the World Bird Sanctuary with its first state-of-the-art facility, in which to conduct a valuable aspect of its mission – rehabilitation. Treating over 300 patients each year, this building greatly enhances our rehabilitation efforts. The World Bird Sanctuary’s active program to assist distressed raptors from Missouri and throughout the U.S. is run by volunteer veterinarians from St. Louis Hills Veterinary Clinic and an experienced rehabilitation staff, assisted by volunteers and interns. These dedicated individuals release as many raptors as possible back into the wild to live out their natural lives.
Treatment and Care
The rehabilitation of a single injured bird of prey costs up to $1000. Over 300 patients are treated each year at the Wildlife Hospital. The staff at the Wildlife Hospital begin the treatment of an injured bird of prey by stabilizing the condition in order to counter the effects of shock and stress caused by the injury. After the bird’s condition is stable, the bird receives additional medical care from the charitable veterinarians at St. Louis Hills Veterinary Clinic. Tube feedings, daily medication, topical antibiotic applications and re-dressing of wounds are some of the daily treatments given.
Preparing for a Release
After the bird of prey is physically well a program of physical conditioning begins. This often involves manipulation of the wings and feet to strengthen and stetch atropied muscles. The bird of prey is placed in a large flight cage that allows for flying long distances. Flying a bird of prey on a long nylon line in an open field is often used as well.