About Animal Wonders Inc.
Animal Wonders, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, was founded by Jessi Knudsen Castañeda and Augusto Castañeda in August 2008 to fulfill their dream of sharing the wonders of wildlife with the public. Having already rescued over 30 animals, Jessi and Augusto want to ensure them a permanent home and provide a safe haven for others in need. The animal center is nestled in the forest outside of Missoula, Montana. The animals who are currently residing at Animal Wonders share the breathtaking scenery and natural surroundings. Most of the animal residents were displaced from their homes and adopted by Animal Wonders. Some were donated by zoos, and others were illegally owned and needed to be placed with Animal Wonders.
Animal Wonders has several objectives. The primary objective is to provide our animal residents with a life-long home. Each and every animal is treated with the respect owed to them. The animal residents are provided with the specific requirements of their species. They also receive behavioral enrichment to stimulate their body and mind.
The second objective of Animal Wonders is to spread knowledge and respect for all types of wildlife. We offer both live public presentations and online videos. By sharing the animals with the public, Animal Wonders allows people to form an emotional connection and truly understand what makes these animals so amazing.
The final objective of Animal Wonders is to support and promote conservation efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. If you would like to help too, see our How To Help page.
Through the use of live animal aids in presentations, meeting Montana science standards, Animal Wonders will educate the public about animals, their environments, and conservation efforts. Animal Wonders will provide exceptional care and respect to any animal that becomes a resident. The animals that are shown in the presentations will demonstrate their species in the wild and give the audience a deeper understanding of that specific animal and how it is a critical part of it's environment.
Board of Directors
Jessi and Augusto dedicate their lives to these causes. They have spent decades gaining the knowledge and experience required to care for and train these amazing animals. The experience and knowledge of the Board of Directors keeps Animals Wonders at the forefront of education and animal care.
Links to Our Friends and Colleagues
Montana Natural History Center www.montananaturalist.org
SciShow Kids www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids
Logo original concept by Wildlife & Whimsy www.wildlifeandwhimsy.com
Logo design by Six Pony Hitch sixponyhitch.com
America's Teaching Zoo, EATM program at Moorpark College www.moorparkcollege.edu
Roos N More, zoo and outreach facility www.roosnmore.org
Animal Wonders LLC, animal outreach in Kansas City, MO www.animalwonders.net
Missoula Area Events Network missoulaareaevents.ning.com
Pet Nebula www.petnebulamissoula.com
Humane Society of Western Montana www.myhswm.org
Montana Community Development Corporation www.mtcdc.org