The Montana Wildlife Center is a temporary home to Montana's orphaned wild animals. These animals receive a second chance to be wild again. This facility is not a zoo; therefore, viewing is limited to close circuit monitors. The center's goal is to keep the animals wild so that a successful release is possible.
The lobby is the only area of the rehabilitation building where the public is allowed. For the safety and health of the animals in our care and our human visitors, only center staff and volunteers are permitted in the animal areas of the building.
The Quarantine Room
This is where sick animals stay until they are healthy enough to move to an outside cage. This allows staff to monitor the animals away from the rest of the wildlife.
The Warm Room
When animals are healthy enough to leave the quarantine room, they are kept in the warm room. The animals stay here until they are able to regulate their own body temperatures. Once they can do this, they are moved to outdoor enclosures.
Small Mammal Enclosures
Located outdoors, the small mammal enclosures are where the animals are kept until they are large enough to move into the large mammal enclosures.
Large Mammal Enclosures
This is one of the large mammal enclosures. The center has three of these holding facilities. The brick buildings are the denning areas for bears housed here.
The Kitchen Area
The kitchen area is one of the busiest rooms in the center. Here daily meals are prepared, laundry is done, and dishes are washed. Most of the animals that come to the center are very young so a lot of time is spent in the kitchen preparing meals.