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Our Founder

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1981 by renowned wildlife rehabilitator J. David Siddon. The facility was created in order to provide for the care and treatment of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Wildlife Images has since expanded to provide educational programs on wildlife, conservation, and the environment to schools, organizations, and the general public. The Center and its programs and activities are a direct outgrowth and continuation of the late Founder J. David Siddon’s personal involvement with wildlife rehabilitation and education for more than 40 years. The center currently operates under the direction of David Siddon Jr., who continues on with his father’s mission.

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Our Facility

The organization’s clinic, animal sanctuary, and education center are located on 24 acres of land adjacent to the wild and scenic section of Oregon’s famous Rogue River. Animals treated at Wildlife Images have included everything from baby squirrels and badgers to American bald eagles.

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education center is open for public tours throughout the year, and has a very active educational outreach component. Off-site programs featuring birds of prey, mammals, and reptiles are available. On-site programs are conducted in the J. David Siddon Community Education Center. Thousands of children visit the shelter each year on educational field trips, enhancing their knowledge of nature and wildlife preservation.

Donations Gladly Accepted

Mail donations directly to:

Wildlife Images
P.O. Box 36
Merlin, OR 97532

Please contact us at (541) 476-0222 for estate giving information.

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Irwin and Siddon families  during 2016 visit

A Message From
Dave Siddon, Director

The one question I am most often asked is, “How did Wildlife Images get started?”

Wildlife Images began as much by accident as by plan. My father, who was the founder of Wildlife Images, grew up in a place and at a time that is hard to relate to today. He often described how his childhood was spent in close proximity to a rich variety of native wildlife, including all the things that make a boy’s life wonderful like lizards, bugs, snakes, hawks, and even condors. This wonderland was found in what is currently a wildlife wasteland called the San Fernando Valley, of Los Angeles, California.

As an adult, he pursued a career as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, and traveled the world on various projects, usually centered on his first love: wildlife. His fascination with wildlife followed him his entire life; in fact, I really can’t remember a time when we didn’t have wild animals of some kind at home. We raised baby owls in the laundry room and had golden eagles in the backyard.