Ziggy’s Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center was founded in 2005 and incorporated as a non-profit in 2010. We originated from a definite need for wildlife care, conservation and education in the Middle Tennessee area.
We currently operate out of two facilities. Our mammal facility is located in Lascassas, roughly 10 miles northeast of Murfreesboro, the geographical center of the state. Our avian facility is located in North Franklin County, between Tullahoma and Winchester. We specialize in neonate (newborn) mammals and songbirds, but are also licensed to take larger birds, such as hawks, owls, ducks, geese and shorebirds. Currently, we do not accept raccoons or foxes as we do not have facilities to properly care for these animals. State regulations prohibit us from accepting skunks or bats.
Each of our patients has its own specific dietary requirements – hence our hefty grocery bills – and we work hard to ensure that they are ready and able to fend for themselves when released. Our wildlife rehabilitators care for nearly 1,000 wild animals a year, from as many as 90 different species. We provide ongoing care for our patients seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year.
We are licensed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Professionally, we are members of the Tennessee Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Association (TWERA), a state-wide wildlife rehabilitation group committed to providing education and networking to licensed wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers as well as educating the public about our wild neighbors, and the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
Our facilities are operated entirely on a volunteer basis. Our staff work full-time (paying) jobs and provide their available free-time caring for our animals. Ziggy’s Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center continues to grow and we remain true to our purpose…..providing care to God’s injured and orphaned creatures and preparing them to return to a productive life in the wild.