About Us

World Bird Sanctuary's mission is to preserve the earth's biological diversity and secure the future of bird species and their natural environments through the three pillars of education, conservation, and rehabilitation.

We envision a world in which World Bird Sanctuary contributes significantly to protecting and preserving the avian species of the world while inspiring others to do the same.

World Bird Sanctuary Sanctuary was founded in 1977 by Walter C. Crawford Jr. to provide the St. Louis Metropolitan area with a local hospital for sick or injured raptors. As the Sanctuary grew, so did our mission. What began as a small rehabilitation center has now grown into an internationally renowned rehabilitation, education, and conservation organization. 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, many of which are endangered, from around the world.

Over 1 million children reached in our education department

Over 21,000 injured birds treated in our wildlife hospital

Conservation initiatives in 4 continents

Get to know us

Meet Our Staff

Dawn Griffard

Executive Director

Roger Holloway

Deputy Director

Jeff Meshach

Deputy Director

Lisa Lederer

Director of Special Events & Programs

Mike Zeloski

Director of Facilities

Kelsey McCord


Daniel Cone

Assistant Director & General Curator

Paige Davis

Curator of Bird Training

Holly Bagby

Development Coordinator

Lizz Etzkorn

Office Manager

Tess Rogers

Field Studies Coordinator

Kira Klebe

Director of Rescue and Rehabilitation

Allison Daugherty

Sanctuary Veterinarian

Lauren Young

Hospital Technician

Aileen Abbott

Director of Education

Allison Jones

Gift Shop Manager & Guest Relations Specialist

Josh Suich

Lower Site Manager

Leah Tyndall

Zoo Show Coordinator