May Wildlife Rehabilitation CenterMay Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


The Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is situated adjacent to the Elk River on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. While serving as a learning laboratory for wildlife biology and rehabilitation students, the Center cares for more than 1,400 injured wild animals, including songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, reptiles, and small mammals from the Western North Carolina region per year. Lees-McRae students use their training and education about varying species to teach the public about the value of rehabilitating wildlife. Learn more


Call us at 828.898.2568 before you attempt to help injured wildlife, please!

Here are some quick tips:

  • Use caution! Cover the animal using gloves and a towel.
  • Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place.
  • Do not offer food or water as it can cause additional harm.
  • If we are too far for you to drive, call us anyway. We can connect you with a local facility.

Take a tour! Presentations are held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. or by appointment.


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Are you a high school student interested in spending a week during the summer at Lees-McRae?

You’ll be introduced to active wildlife biology, veterinary, animal conservation and wildlife rehabilitation programs, gaining exposure to patient care and education!

Learn more about this exciting opportunity today