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Wildlife Images closes doors

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center announced Saturday evening that it’s closed to the public “until further notice” in an effort to adhere to state-wide restrictions and limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Grants Pass center will still accept patients and encouraged the public through a press release to call 541-441-7193 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. if anyone has an animal that needs care. Also, those who have questions about the behavior or health of a wild animal can email wildpatientupdates@wildlifeimages.org.

Wildlife Images staffers will remain on site to care for the 100-plus “resident animal ambassadors” and the patients in the clinic, and its education team will shift its focus to provide virtual experiences, encounters and resources for families who are sheltering in place.

Wildlife Images also announced Saturday that it will not host its Mother’s Day fundraiser and has lost a “considerable amount of revenue” due to canceled field trips and a lack of admission sales during the start of tourism season.

Those wishing to support Wildlife Images during the closure can make a donation or become a member by visiting wildlifeimages.org.

Mail Tribune/file photo Rufus, a captive bobcat at Wildlife Images, sits on a hammock made from donated fire hoses.