02. May 2017 · Comments Off on Unusual Intakes · Categories: Uncategorized

Recently, we were asked to rescue some unusual-to-us animals – as in, Not Wildlife.
We were moved into action by their need and we have launched a fundraising campaign to get them the care they need. You can read about it here:


We will be posting updates as they come in.

Thank you.

02. April 2017 · Comments Off on Spring has Sprung · Categories: Uncategorized

We are posting updates and photos of our Spring babies on our facebook page:


Please check them out!

24. November 2016 · Comments Off on Thankful · Categories: Uncategorized

Here at Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue, we are thankful.

We are thankful for the emergency response volunteers who disrupt there lives on a regular basis to help wildlife in need.

We are thankful for the caring, loving souls who are our foster-care volunteers who nurture orphaned wildlife babies and then let them go to be wild when the time is right. It is a bittersweet kind of work and we are so grateful to those who take it on even when they know it will be painful.

We are thankful to each and every member of our society who stops there day to try to find help for an animal in trouble – to all those scared voices over the wildlife hotline, thank you. Now more than ever before we need those caring voices.

We are thankful to the individuals and the foundations who see what we do and want to support it even when we are so overloaded with the actual work that we struggle to get the grant applications in on time, or the thank you letters written. Thank you for seeing through the fog of need that surrounds us and taking our hand in support.

We are also thankful to every one of us humans who sees the need to protect wildlife and the environment we all share. We are walking in the shadow of climate change threatening everything we love, but Together we can still make a difference.

We are thankful for the Earth and the unending beauty and strength we find here.

What are you thankful for?

May you all have a loving and caring Thanksgiving.


06. March 2016 · Comments Off on UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION – 3/23/16 6:30pm – 8:30pm · Categories: Uncategorized

On March 23rd 2016, Wednesday, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, we are having a new volunteer orientation at the Rotary Nature Center on Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. If you have ever been interested in wildlife rehabilitation or have wanted to work with us, please come to this evening event. There, you will learn about our organization and how you can get involved.

We are especially seeking:

  • Fostercare Volunteers for Squirrels, Opossums, and Raccoons
  • Transport Volunteers
  • Cage Builders and Construction People
  • Grantwriters,
  • Wildlife writers for our website
  • Or do you have an idea? Come and tell us how YOU want to be involved!!!

Hope to see you there!



If there are too few RSVPs we may cancel the event

Thank you!

Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue

Volunteer Orientation 2016

Wednesday March 23rd


Rotary Nature center

600 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, California

06. March 2016 · Comments Off on Spring has sprung with a Vengeance! · Categories: Uncategorized

With the recent storms, we have had several wildlife orphans brought to us for care. Here are some pictures:


2 baby squirrels – 5 weeks old. 3 were found drowning in the gutter during a heavy rainstorm in Oakland, CA on March 5th 2016. 1 survived and is doing well.


This baby squirrel was knocked from his nest when he was less than 1 day old. He was laying on the sidewalk being eaten by ants when he was found by a caring family who picked him up, cleaned him off, and called our wildlife center. That was on February 27th 2016


This eyes-closed baby opossum is one of 7 who were saved after their mother was killed by a backyard dog.


29. December 2015 · Comments Off on Our End of Year Newsletter is at last here! · Categories: Uncategorized

Please view our online News Letter here! http://eepurl.com/bLeKkP

24. July 2015 · Comments Off on Event Saturday July 25th @ NOON · Categories: Uncategorized


Urban Wildlife Survival Guide!

Have you ever wondered where the raccoon who raids your trashcan at night spends its days? How about those skunks you smell around? Join Lila Talcott-Travis, director of Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue, as she clues us in on how non-human mammals survive in Oakland.

Learning about the natural history of mammals like opossums, squirrels, deer, and of course, raccoons and skunks gives us insight into where, why, and how these animals live in the city. Turn the next urban wildlife encounter you have into a fantastic field-observation experience!

We’ll meet in front of the Children’s Fairyland entrance on Saturday, July 25 at 12 pm. Bring drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.

The walk is free, and donations are gratefully accepted!

Deer crossing the Golden Gate bridge! Photo: www.city-data.com

Raccoon photo: www.walkingmountains.org

Trailhead: A Documentary in Oakland

An in-the-works documentary that explores the unique urban to rural trail system that connects Oakland neighborhoods to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and beyond! To learn more, check out the Trailhead website and this Oakland Local article.

Photo: TexeiraPhoto.com

Mapping San Francisco’s Surprising Abundance of Springs and Streams

Thinkwalks founder Joel Pomerantz is publishing an awesome book mapping the hidden water of SF! Check out this Wired article or go to his website, Seep City, for more information.

Photo: Joel Pomerantz/Seep City (top); San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (bottom)

When: Saturday, July 25 @ 12-2 pmWhere:

Meet in front of Children’s Fairyland699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Cost: FREE! $5-10 suggested donation.

Contact: Please RSVP to info@wildoakland.org

For more information, visit www.wildoakland.org

Skunk photo: www.oaklandnorth.net

Contact us: info@wildoakland.orgVisit us: www.wildoakland.org

Copyright © 2015 Wild Oakland, All rights reserved.



22. April 2015 · Comments Off on HAPPY EARTH DAY! · Categories: Uncategorized

We have been celebrating Earth Day every day with this busy Spring Wildlife Orphan season.
In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share with you pictures of the babies we have been caring for this Spring so far…





26. February 2015 · Comments Off on UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION · Categories: Uncategorized


This is a meeting for those who are serious about volunteering with our organization and want a place on our volunteer teams.

If you have never spoken with us, please contact us beforehand to attend. Thank you.


When: SUNDAY MARCH 8th at 4PM

Where: At the Piedmont Police Station

403 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611MAP


The purpose of the meeting will be to Meet & Greet (first hour), then, talk about the goals for the 2015 year.

We will also be scheduling foster training classes and assigning members to the following teams:

Drop-Point Wildlife Intake Team

Wildlife Transport Team

Wildlife Foster Team

  • -opossum
  • -raccoon
  • -squirrel

There will be snacks and drinks.

Please Bring your completed VolunteerEnrollement Form

I look forward to working with you all to make this an amazing year helping wildlife orphans!

PLEASE RSVP at lila@yuwr.org or 510-421-YUWR


10. January 2015 · Comments Off on Offering Sanctuary To An Injured Adult Deer · Categories: Uncategorized

Offering Sanctuary To An Injured Adult Deer

Injured young buck

I glanced out my kitchen window and saw a Black-tailed deer making its way down the hillside behind my home. This wasn’t unusual—a well-used deer trail looped through the neighborhood and I saw deer nearly every day —but there was something about this deer that made me stop and watch him.

He was a young buck, the nubs of his antlers still in velvet. He was moving slowly, and for a deer, rather inelegantly. When he stepped out from behind the sage into the clearing I saw the reason for his erratic gait: His right foreleg appeared to be broken. There was a huge swelling around his ankle, just above his fetlock. The buck stood still, holding the injured leg slightly aloft so his hoof wouldn’t touch the ground. Then he clumsily lowered himself to the ground to rest.

I ran to the phone, picked up the receiver—and stopped, receiver in hand. Who exactly was I going to call? While Native Animal Rescue takes in injured or orphaned fawns every year, there are no services available to help wounded adult deer.

Unlike a fawn, a fully grown wild deer cannot be confined or handled. With three good legs, the buck would still be mobile enough to flee from any human who approached him, causing him more stress and aggravating his injury. Even if someone could come along and tranquilize him and treat the injury, what would happen when he awoke? The trauma of capture and confinement would be profound. And even with a broken leg, he was still quite capable of hurting a person who came near him.

There was nothing I could do. Except for one thing: If the buck’s injury was life-threatening, I could call local law enforcement. A merciful bullet would end his life before he suffered too much longer.

I put the phone down. I picked up my binoculars and studied the buck through the window. He was chewing his cud, his great dished ears gyrating to pick up every sound and vibration around him. The swelling around his ankle looked painful, yet he was still capable of walking and foraging for food. I knew that deer often healed from dreadful injuries on their own. They can get by fine on three legs, often limping about for years.

On the other hand, having the injury so low on his leg was bad: each time he knocked the hoof against the ground, it would prolong the healing process. If he caught his hoof on a root or rock, he could damage himself further. The fracture could become infected and he could die a slow, painful death. That was my fear.

The choice was mine: I could make the phone call, or I could let nature take its course.

I agonized over the decision. I didn’t want this responsibility, but there was no way to escape it: the buck had chosen my yard as his refuge; his life was in my hands. But in the end, I could not make the call. What I could do was make my backyard into a sanctuary, where the buck could rest and heal in peace. Normally I would not offer food to a wild animal, but I tossed some apples onto the hillside to supplement his browse. I filled the birdbath full of fresh water. I made sure no one let our dog out into the backyard and we didn’t go out there ourselves.

The buck came back the next day, and the next. He would limp down the hillside in the afternoons and bed down in the thick leaf litter near the oak. I observed him closely through my binoculars, looking for signs of infection. While his leg didn’t seem to be getting better, it didn’t seem to be getting worse.

We humans often behave as though we have magical powers; we believe we can fix everything that’s broken, find solutions to every problem. But our powers are an illusion, especially where nature is concerned. There is so much that is beyond us, so much we cannot do, no matter how much we may want to help. Acknowledging our limitations may be difficult, but it also invites us to focus on what we can do for the wild creatures around us. Our human world is full of dangers for urban wildlife: vehicles, dogs, fences, pesticides, and other chemicals. By identifying the hazards, we can mitigate them, and prevent many common wildlife injuries in the first place.

Fencing: Though it often seems that deer can sail effortlessly over impossible heights, deer do get caught on fences and gates. Their slender legs are fragile. A former neighbor of mine removed sections of his fence after watching a young fawn try to follow its mother over a 6-foot fence and catch its leg in the wire. Examine your fences and gates carefully. How wide is the space between the slats? Deer—and other animals—will often try to squeeze through the bars of an iron or wire fence and get wedged halfway through. Are your fence posts pointed on top? Every year, deer are impaled upon the ornamental pointed tips of wrought iron fences.

Vehicle collisions: Millions of deer are hit and killed by vehicles in the U.S. Simply by driving more slowly and paying close attention to the road we can greatly reduce our chances of colliding with a deer or other animal. Native Animal Rescue has some excellent suggestions for lessening your chances of hitting a deer when you’re driving in deer country.

Debris and decorations: I once saw a buck with a short length of PVC pipe caught on his leg, almost like a handcuff. He had stepped on it and his hoof had gone right through it—now it was stuck to his body forever. Deer and many other animals become entangled in discarded fragments of wire or plastic. The holes in chicken wire are the perfect diameter to trap a fawn’s tiny hoof. When deer rub their antlers on trees, they can become ensnared in strings of lights, plant netting, or clotheslines. Animals step on shards of glass. They get their heads and hooves and paws stuck inside glass jars and bottles and other food packaging. Make sure your property is wildlife-safe.

Chemicals: Using chemical controls in the home or garden can have dire consequences for human and animal health. Both wild animals and pets are often accidentally poisoned by ingesting pesticides and rodenticides. Try planting locally native plants that will thrive in your area without chemical fertilizers and insecticides. If you have a rodent problem, encourage raptors to nest on your property; a single family of barn owls can catch upwards of 1,300 rats or gophers a year. Keep antifreeze locked in a cabinet; many animals (and children) find its sweet flavor and aroma irresistible.

One evening I went to the kitchen window, and before I could pick up my binoculars, I was rewarded by the sight of the buck jogging up the hillside, head held high. For the first time since I’d seen him, he was putting some weight on his injured foreleg. The swelling looked greatly reduced. I felt a tremendous surge of relief and a feeling I can only call gratitude. I was grateful for the resilience of wild animals, and for the space and peace of my backyard. I was grateful that I had made the right choice.

Tai Moses is the author of Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us (Parallax Press, 2014). She formerly lived in Oakland where this story takes place. She now lives in Santa Cruz.