Offered by: Sonflower Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
As the total number of Certified Licensed Rehabilitators in Colorado have dwindled from 350 20 years ago to 57 today, the need for those with the passion of Keith Gunn for this effort becomes even more critical. Keith has devoted himself to the development of their Rehabilitation Center at Sonflower Ranch and looks forward to growing it even more.
With more and more people moving to the Front Range, the frequency of human and wildlife contact has also increased. As we expand development and move further into their habitats, wildlife gets pushed out, and that’s where organizations like Sonflower Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (SRWRC) come in. The mission of SRWRC is education and rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of peaceful coexistence of humans and wildlife.
In 2017 SRWRC founder Keith Gunn received his rehabilitator license with the help and sponsorship of Todd Creek resident, Carol Manaco. Since then, Keith along with his partner Michael King and their small team of dedicated volunteers, have taken in and rehabilitated more than two hundred animals. Keith’s dedication to rehabbing wildlife stems from his childhood fascination with wildlife which morphed into over four decades of interest and working around animals, including six years as a veterinary technician.
Today, SRWRC takes in young wildlife, left orphaned by trapping or death of mom, and then Keith and his team raise them until the animals are old enough to be released back into the wild in a new location. All of the animals, per Colorado Parks & Wildlife regulations, must be released within ten miles of where they were found, without any modifications such as chips or tags. Because of this stipulation, none of the animals can be tracked, but there are negotiations in place with Colorado Parks & Wildlife to hopefully be able to chip the rescued animals prior to release in the not too distant future. The purpose of this being so that the individual animals could be tracked and success rates could be properly documented. To date, SRWRC has released animals all over the Front Range area of Colorado.
In order to foster the rescued animals’ independence and ability to fend for themselves in the wild, Keith and his team must walk a very fine line of interaction and feeding process. First and foremost, once the animals are weaned from a bottle (if that step is necessary) human interaction is strictly limited, and the food provided will closely mimic the food the animals naturally forage for when they are on their own.
To continue their progress at the Sonflower Ranch Rehabilitation Center, they will be holding a Silent & Live Auction at the Ranch September 14th, 2019.
Currently, they are seeking any type of item donation for either their Silent or Live Auction. Be a part of helping this important wildlife preservation. Call Keith Gunn today for more details 303-641-0301.