We class ‘wild animals’ as those that are not normally domesticated. The list is enormous, ranging from badgers to nesting birds, pet snakes and zoo elephants!
Our concern for wild animals is based on how they are treated and whether humans cause unnecessary suffering – rather than how many of a species there are. This means our focus is on animal welfare rather than conservation of endangered species, although the two can overlap.
How are we helping wildlife?
Trying to improve the welfare of such a huge number of animals and species is a challenge! We use scientific research and practical evidence to support our views and encourage change in many different ways. In 2016, 17,202 wild animals were admitted to our wildlife centres.
Further information and advice can be found on the National RSPCA website at https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife.
The main links for furthe advice are towards the bottom of the page.
For injured wildlife the link is below.
For orphaned wildlife the link is below.