South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center hosts open house

South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center hosts open house

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center hosted its semiannual open house Saturday. 

Executive Director Gail Barnes said the turnout surpassed last year's total of a thousand people.

"You get to see stuff that you normally wouldn't see at a zoo or another rehabilitation facility because you are actually behind the scenes here at the wildlife center," Barnes said.

She said it is a non-profit facility that cares for orphaned, injured, and displaced animals with the ultimate purpose of returning the wildlife back to their natural habitat.

"It's just great for the public to come out and learn what we do. We've been here 31 years. We don't receive any funding from the state or federal regulatory agencies. We operate by donations," Barnes said.

The cost of admission to this open house was a $1 donation to help sustain the future of our native wildlife.

"I'm so excited that they're invested into our environment. We really need to take care of our environment right now -- our ecosystem, and to see everybody out here wanting to learn about the native species, what they can do to help, it's just really exciting because this is for our future generation," Barnes said.

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