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Our Mission

We help wildlife get back home to the wild.

Many wildlife adapt to living in our urban Ottawa environments, but they face many challenges. Mothers are accidentally killed by cars or illegally trapped and relocated, leaving behind orphaned babies. If they lose their mother while they are young and vulnerable, these babies have no hope except for the care we provide.

Porcupine in the grass
Staff posing for photo in front of willow tree

Get Involved

We would not be able to help so many wildlife without the help of our dedicated team of staff, interns and volunteers. There are many ways to get involved and help wildlife. We have opportunities for summer student employment, full-time internships, Volunteers and co-op and field placements.

Come join our dynamic and diverse team of people from the community with a passion for wildlife and the environment.

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

4 days 22 hours ago

Hope you were able to enjoy the total eclipse today. We were in a marshy area on the St. Lawrence. The surprising part during totality

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1 week 2 days ago

While turtles spend majority of their time in water, during the months of April to October they become more active on land. RVWS sees the

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1 week 3 days ago

Great advice

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1 week 6 days ago

The last commonly orphaned species being featured this month is the Eastern Cottontail! Highlighted is some helpful information to help you determine if a baby

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2 weeks 3 days ago

Did you know porcupine babies are called porcupettes? Porcupettes have soft quills at birth and will harden in just a few days! This big guy

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

3 weeks 3 days ago

This time in the spotlight are SKUNKS. Here is some helpful information on what to do if you come across a baby skunk that you

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

4 weeks 1 day ago

Check out this adorable baby red squirrel from last year dreaming of eating formula!

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

1 month 2 days ago

Next up for our featured commonly orphaned species are raccoons! In these slides is some helpful information on when to rescue and other helpful tips

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

1 month 1 week ago

This month RVWS will be highlighting a few commonly orphaned wildlife species, as well as what to do if you encounter one. First up are