Our Mission

OWLS is a medical clinic, complete with an exam room, surgery, x-ray, and an intensive care unit.  Other areas of the clinic include the baby nursery, baby mammal nursery, necropsy room, animal kitchen and outside pre-release cages.

Since our founding in 1988, OWLS has admitted close to 35,000 patients. The animals admitted are scared, cold, hungry, in pain or in most cases in shock. Upon arrival every animal is treated as an individual with care and compassion in a professional environment. We often depend on the good nature of the public to bring the animals to us because unfortunately we do not have an "ambulance" service or often times sufficient personnel go on rescues.

The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter and Education Center is a non-profit 501(3)(c) wildlife hospital where injured, sick, and orphaned native North Carolina wildlife is cared for in a professional and compassionate manner. Our mission is to rehabilitate and release the thousands of animals admitted to our clinic each year and to teach fellow North Carolinians how to happily and peacefully coexist with wildlife. OWLS has all the proper permits necessary to legally care for wild animals. We receive no state or federal funding.  It is through the generosity of the public that we remain in operational. Thanks to everyone for your support, past, present and future.

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Visit us Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ 2:00 for an in-depth guided tour.

Admission $3 per person.  Please call ahead for availability (252)-240-1200.

"The only creature whose natural habitat is a zoo is the zookeeper." - Robert Brault