The dream of Wanakia Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center began years ago around the campfire. The reality of Wanakia Wildlife began when Wanakia became incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Wanakia found its current home on Mayfield road in Richfield, WI in 2008. Once relocated there Wanakia opened its doors to Washington County and the surrounding area.
Wanakia took flight and is now home to 16 permanent education animals and admits 350 ill, injured or orphaned birds and small mammals annually.
Wanakia’s founder and rehabilitator is Marty Thompson. Her dream of Wanakia began as she volunteered her time at Pineview Wildlife. There she received her training to gain her basic rehabilitation permit. Once Wanakia opened its doors she continued to move forward to gain her federal permit to allow her to rehabilitate birds and her advanced rehabilitation license from the Wisconsin DNR. She belongs to several professional organizations and networks with other area rehabilitation centers to better serve the animals in her care.
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams I have never dared to dream before.” Edgar Allen Poe