• In 2019, founder Tonya Poindexter created the 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization "Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center" to connect her love for animals with a certified education on how to properly care for them.

  • Tonya is proudly licensed with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the IWRC, and the USDA!

  • Her passion has led to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release over 500 animals!

  • In February 2020, she hosted an educational course at the Laurel County Public Library called "Wild About Wildlife."

  • She was featured on WTVQ "The Lee and Haley Show" discussing WTWC, accompanied by a rescue opossum, Sarah (aka "Wild Opossum").

  • She continues to care for her "patients" daily and gets newly rescued wildlife in weekly. 

All of your donations to WTWC are tax deductible! 

For more info, visit WTWC's Linktr.ee HERE

Follow WTWC on social media to learn more and keep up with the newest patients!


How You Can Help

The animals under our care are most likely very injured and/or very young.
Wildlife in these conditions require a lot of care and materials.
Here is a list of materials you can send to us to help provide for the animals.
All of our donations get a (condoned) shout-out on social media!
Our address is located at the bottom of our website.


Financial Donations

WTWC is eternally grateful for all of those who have contributed financially so that their donation(s) may go to whatever products or emergency care services are specifically needed at the time. If you would like to also support financially, please donate to one of our following platforms: 

Paypal HERE

Venmo HERE




Wildlife Educational Events

Tonya and her team at Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center are striving to change the way that the world sees local wildlife, and help the wildlife to become a more respected part in the community. Check out the "Events" section to see WTWC's upcoming events! 

If you represent a community center, school, or library, and are interested in hosting a WTWC Educational Event,

Contact WTWC at (606) 231-7171 or (606) 864-0000.

**Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization and therefore does not charge a rate for educational presentations.

All event bookings are therefore based off of your donations upon booking.**


Wildlife Educational Events

Wilderness Trail Wildlife travels to educational facilities with a few non-release rescue animals to educate about the wildlife, debunk myths, and explain how you can do your part to help out!


Community Development

This drawing came from one of the students that was inspired by WTWC's educational lecture!
We love the artwork and the sweet message.

No upcoming events at the moment

"The wildlife and it's habitat cannot speak: so we must, and we will."

Theodore Roosevelt


Contact Us!

Get in touch with us to learn, help, and ask questions!

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