Very different from their cousins the Gray Squirrel, the California Ground Squirrel stays primarily in meadows instead of forested areas and digs networks of burrows underground. Considered a pest by most farmers and homeowners, the Ground Squirrel is ecological important in aerating the soil, creating burrows for other animals to live in, and providing sustenance to the dozens of animals that prey upon them.

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Care Center

Wildlife Care Center
Custer Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Directions & Map
Open 7 days a week
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day)
Staff/Volunteer hours: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Drop-off area is open 24/7.

To speak to a representative during business hours 10am - 6pm, call 619-299-7012.
For after-hours emergencies, call your local police department or San Diego Humane Society's Humane Law Dispatch 619-243-3466.

Outside of San Diego County?
If you are outside of our geographical area, please visit the emergency page of Wildlife International or contact your local Department of Animal Control or state Fish and Game office.

Wish List

Wish List

A donation from our wish list is a great way to support our efforts and help San Diego wildlife.