The foundation’s commitment to finding better methods of healing extends to the animal kingdom. We helped transform an urban, industrial area into a wildlife rehabilitation and education center through our partnership with Liberty Wildlife and with consultation from the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service at ASU. The Rob and Melani Walton Campus of Liberty Wildlife provides care to thousands of animals across more than 100 species every year and, as a result of this collaboration, the number of animals served increased by more than 20 percent between 2015 and 2017. The campus also provides education on native wildlife and their natural habitats to the public as part of a commitment to fulfilling our role as humans to sustain and support life.
The Campus also maintains the Non-Eagle Feather Repository—one of only two repositories in the U.S. authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The repository provides Native Americans with migratory bird feathers for religious and ceremonial use. With many bird species protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, Native American tribes are often unable to find feathers traditionally used in their ancestral ceremonies. The repository provides feathers to these communities, allowing them to maintain and honor their cultural and religious heritage, while also working to discourage migratory bird trafficking. Since its founding in 2010, the program has distributed feathers to more than 2,700 Native Americans, representing over 170 tribes living in 48 of our 50 states.
The foundation sees the Campus as a project that not only heals living populations but protects them from future harm as well.
We invite you to visit the inspiring work of Liberty Wildlife HERE.