Mollie Hogan, the founder and Executive Director of the Nature of Wildworks, started her organization out of the love in her heart for animals in need. Back in 1993, Mollie was working at the LA Zoo, more specifically a show called Wild in the City. When the show came to an unexpected end, the animals were all transferred to their new temporary home, the Moorpark Teaching Zoo, where Mollie was an instructor.
Shortly after, Ms. Hogan made the decision to create her own organization, and the rest is history. After filing the proper paperwork and receiving the correct permits to run a facility of this type, the Nature of Wildworks was born and the animals were moved to their new home. Twenty years later, the Nature of Wildworks is as successful and busy as ever. Wildworks is currently home to seventeen different wildlife species, a total of fifty animals, all considered to be “non-releasable.” Many rescues are still being frequently made, lots of them evolving into stories of success. Varying from the histories of Stormy, the abandoned baby tree-squirrel, to Pirate, the blind mountain lion, every story that ends with an animal’s life being made better, is one worth remembering at the Nature of Wildworks.
Want to help out? Check out volunteer and donation opportunities at their website: http://www.natureofwildworks.org/how-to-help/
Mollie Hogan spending time with her mountain lion Phoenix.
Stormy being syringe fed
Pirate Superlion enjoying the sun
By Erika Snyder