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About Us

Our mission: We protect and preserve birds and their habitats through conservation, rehabilitation, education, and advocacy.

Our vision is to create a world where birds and humans live in harmony.

World Bird Sanctuary was founded in 1977 by Walter C. Crawford Jr. to provide the St. Louis area with a hospital for sick or injured raptors. As the Sanctuary grew, so did our mission. Now located on 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, World Bird Sanctuary is home to over 200 animals representing over 60 species from all around the world. What began as a small rehabilitation center has grown into an internationally renowned rehabilitation, education, and conservation organization.

Over 1 million children reached in our education department

Over 11,000 injured birds treated in our wildlife hospital

Conservation initiatives in 4 continents