Visit WildCare

Attention! During the COVID pandemic:

WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital is ADMITTING injured and orphaned wild animals from 9am – 5pm, seven days a week. However, our Courtyard and Museum are CLOSED to the public.

During these hours, with the Courtyard closed, please use the intercom at our front gate to alert Medical Staff that you are on the bridge with an animal needing care.

Here is the intake protocol during the COVID-19 situation:
1. Use the intercom to alert Medical Staff that you are here with an animal.
2. Place the container (box etc.) with the animal inside into one of the provided cages (located on the bridge). Latch door securely. Do NOT remove the animal from your container, as we don’t want him/her escaping and falling into the canal! Please bring wildlife patients in containers you do not need back.
3. Fill out the intake form completely. Ask staff via intercom for your patient ID number. Let staff know when you have finished the paperwork and are leaving the bridge.
4. Staff will come out to admit our newest patient. Thank you! Scroll down for directions to WildCare.

WildCare’s Courtyard and Museum will be CLOSED until further notice. We will reassess the risk to our visitors at that time and determine if we will remain closed to the public (except for people bringing injured wildlife.)

WildCare’s Living with Wildlife Hotline 415-456-7283 will be available as usual from 9am – 9pm, seven days a week. Questions about wildlife? Need an update on a wildlife patient in care? Our Hotline operators will be answering phones as usual during this time.

Non-Wildlife Hospital staff members will be working from home. To limit social contact, many staff members will be working from home, but they will be completing their usual duties, and will be available by email and phone. Click for the staff directory.

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Meeting the Swainson's Hawk. Photo by Laurel HulmeHave you ever seen a pelican dive for a fish? Or met a Swainson’s Hawk in person? Visit WildCare’s Courtyard for nose-to-beak encounters with our amazing live Wildlife Ambassador animals! WildCare is free to visit, and open to the public 365 days a year. Whether you’re bringing an injured animal to our Wildlife Hospital or just looking for an amazing adventure for your kids, WildCare is the right place, located conveniently in downtown San Rafael.

WildCare
76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-7283

Open Seven Days a Week

WildCare’s courtyard is open to the public seven days a week from 9am to 5pm (hours may be abbreviated on major holidays). Click for a daily schedule of live animal presentations.

Visit and Shop WildCare’s Onsite Store!

Looking for a unique wildlife-themed gift for that special someone?

Visit WildCare’s onsite store and choose from a marvelous collection of fun jewelry, figurines and finger puppets, T-shirts (for all ages), fleece jackets and more!

Enjoy meeting our Wildlife Ambassador pelican, vulture and opossums too, while you’re here.

Please note: WildCare’s Nature Summer Camps are held in our museum during weekdays from early June through mid-August. Accessibility to our indoor museum may be limited between the hours of 9am and 3:30 pm on those days.

Our Wildlife Hospital accepts patients from 9am to 5pm. Call our Living with Wildlife Hotline at 415-456-7283 for more information and assistance.

Driving Directions to WildCare

wildcare bridge and gateAddress:

WildCare
76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael, CA 94901

From the South:
Take the Central San Rafael exit from Hwy 101;
Turn left onto Third Street (the second stop light);
Turn left onto B Street (getting into the right lane);
Cross 2nd Street and continue down B Street, past Safeway,
Turn left onto Albert Park Lane (just beyond the Bocce Courts);
WildCare is three quarters of the way down Albert Park Lane on the right;
Park across from the footbridge.

From the North:
Take the Central San Rafael exit from Hwy 101;
Turn right onto Third Street;
Turn left onto B Street (getting into the right lane);
Cross 2nd Street and continue down B Street, past Safeway.
Turn left onto Albert Park Lane (just beyond the Bocce Courts);
WildCare is three quarters of the way down on the right;
Park across from the footbridge.

From the East Bay:
Take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge West;
Merge with Hwy 101 North;
Take the Central San Rafael exit (the first exit you come to);
Follow directions above for “From the South”.

From West Marin:
Either take Hwy 101 North and follow directions above for “From the South”
OR
Come into San Rafael from Fairfax via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard;
At the Hub, San Anselmo, turn left onto the Miracle Mile this becomes 2nd Street;
Turn right onto B Street;
Turn left onto Albert Park Lane (just past the Bocce courts);
Park across from the footbridge.

From Wolfe Grade:
Continue down D Street;
Turn right onto Bayview Street at the first stop light;
Go to the second stop sign (by Muffin Mania) here Bayview becomes B Street;
Go through the intersection;
Take the first right onto Albert Park Lane just ahead; Park across from the footbridge.

By Public Transit from San Francisco:
Catch Golden Gate Transit bus #70 Northbound at one of the following:
Folsom and 7th
Mission and 1st
7th and Market
McAllister and Polk
GG Bridge Plaza.
Busses run approximately every 15 minutes during the week and once an hour on weekends. The ride takes about an hour and costs 3.75. Get off in San Rafael at 3rd and Hetherton (Central San Rafael). Walk west on 2nd Street (against the direction of traffic) 2 blocks to Lindaro. Go left on Lindaro and walk one and a half long blocks to Albert Park Lane (just past the tennis courts). Turn right on Albert Park Lane, and WildCare is on the left, across the footbridge.

For trip planning on-line, see http://www.transit.511.org/ and click on “Plan your next trip on public transit.”