As many of you may already be aware, the Rum Creek Fire is burning Northwest of Wildlife Images. We are under a Level One evacuation plan.
What does this mean? For the most part, it means that we will keep a close eye on things and keep ourselves ready to evacuate the animals if need be. These are things we are always prepared for, so not much will change for our team at the moment. Want to know the current evacuation levels around the fire? Click here.
This graphic from the Rural Metro Fire Department can give you a little more insight as to what that means. As a Wildlife care facility, we are ALWAYS operating at a Level 1, regardless of fire status. We have a plan in place for evacuation and we are monitoring the situation closely.
The air quality has fluctuated greatly, but we are able to keep constant watch as we have a monitor on site that gives us real-time data about the park so that we can provide the best care possible for the animals.
Want to check our Air Quality in real time? Click Here.
Due to the poor air quality, we have paused all talks and tours to give our staff and our animals a rest from the smoke. Some of our animals are off tour right now for their safety. Many of our animals have started medication to help them deal with the poor air quality. We advise you to check air quality before coming for a visit.
If anything changes we will update you! Thank you ALL for checking on us! We love our community!
Safety is a top priority here at Wildlife Images both for people and animals. There have been some questions about if we would be able to move our animals from the park to a safe location. Believe it or not, the answer is essentially the same way you would get your pets to safety: A Crate.
Crate training is important for every single one of our animals so that if the time came, we could ask them to go into their crates and take them somewhere safe.
We also have fire drills quarterly to make sure we are able to quickly and efficiently work during an emergency.
We know that this is a scary time for thousands of people, but we hope that it eases your minds that we have a plan and the ability to get our animals to safety in a quick and efficient manner.
We will keep you up to date on any happenings here at the park. As always if you want to know the latest fire information, click here.
At this time, our clinic is still up and running!
If you find a sick, injured, or orphaned animal please give us a call at 541-476-0222 BEFORE bringing it in as conditions could change at any time.
Additionally, there is an active case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Jackson County that may affect the raptors we can take at this time.
As always, Saving Wildlife is our first and greatest mission. Rest assured that we will do everything that we can for the animals in our care.
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