TAHOE CITY, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2020) – A new Outdoor Learning Center will be built this summer at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care’s spectacular new 27-acre property in South Lake Tahoe thanks to the support of the Tahoe Fund and a $15,000 matching grant from Tahoe Blue Vodka, bringing the total grant to $30,000. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) has a long history of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing over 16,000 of Tahoe’s injured and orphaned wildlife. The new Outdoor Learning Center will expand LTWC’s ability to educate local residents and area visitors and increase wildlife stewardship.
“The work that the team at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care does to rehabilitate and ultimately release animals back into the wild is commendable and aligns perfectly with the mission of the Tahoe Fund,” said Cory Ritchie, Tahoe Fund board member. “We are pleased to support the efforts of LTWC and are so grateful to Tahoe Blue Vodka and generous donors like the Mathman family who have made this funding effort possible.”
“It is our pleasure to once again support a Tahoe Fund project,” said Tahoe Blue Vodka CEO Matt Levitt. “Since the start of our business we have committed to giving back to the Tahoe environment with every bottle we sell. We are thankful to the Tahoe Fund and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center for creating a great new environmental education learning opportunity in the community.”
In addition to building an amphitheater, LTWC is also expanding the “education animals” in their care to enrich the experience for the visiting public. Currently, LTWC is working with a beaver who has a promising future in education and cannot be released back into the wild due to a neurological problem.
“We’re thrilled to have the support of the Tahoe Fund and the generous donors who made this grant possible,” said Morgan Amsden, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care board president. “The new facility we’re moving forward with is not only going to allow us to improve the care we’re able to provide to animals who need it the most, it will create new experiences for Tahoe area residents and visitors to learn how to co-exist with wildlife and help keep them wild, with programming to be offered by appointment during the summer months.”