Local Wildlife Center Becomes Nationally Accredited | Environment
Elusive medium-sized wild cats such as the Siberian lynx, Canada lynx, ocelot, caracal, bobcat, and serval, along with over 70 other wild animals, currently reside at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center - a local nonprofit organization celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and its new accreditation.
On April 4, 2012 a commitment to high standards in wild cat care was recognized nationally as Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. became accredited by the Feline Conservation Federation - the oldest, and one of the most prestigious feline conservation organizations in the world.
The Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) states that accreditation provides “the seal of approval that will reassure donors and foundations, the media, and members of the public that the facility is operating with the highest level of husbandry and management practices and is clearly distinguished from substandard facilities.”
This process is an intensive evaluation covering all aspects of the Center’s operations, from proper licenses to emergency plans, staff training, veterinary care, enclosures, husbandry, and mental enrichment. The accreditation is determined by a designated panel of experts and is only bestowed to exotic feline facilities demonstrating continuing excellence in husbandry and safety standards.
Accreditation is an important step towards strengthening the Center’s growing mission towards wild cat conservation. There are 36 species of beautiful and unique wild cats worldwide, however most are unknown to the general public and are now facing devastating population declines. Conservation efforts by accredited facilities such as Hawk Creek will become increasingly vital as the future of these wild cat species becomes more uncertain.
Hawk Creek is sincerely honored to receive this accreditation. It would not have been possible without the ongoing dedication of staff, volunteers, and the financial support of community members towards Hawk Creek’s nonprofit mission. It reflects the Center’s devotion to respecting each animal as wild, as an individual, and as an ambassador for its species.
The public is welcome to visit the wild cats, as well as the eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and many other animals of Hawk Creek Wildlife Center during Destination: EARTH on April 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Please visit hawkcreek.org to learn more about supporting Hawk Creek’s nonprofit mission, educational services, and animal ambassadors. Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. 655 Luther Road East Aurora, NY 14052
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. has been featured on Rachael Ray, Conan O’Brien, PBS, and was voted Blue Planet Hero by National Geographic. Over 80 non-releasable animals from around the world call Hawk Creek home while hundreds more are rehabilitated at the Center each year. Founded in East Aurora in 1987, Hawk Creek is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wildlife education, rehabilitation, and conservation services to the community.