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Stay up-to-date on operations adjustments and temporary closure of TPWD offices, state parks, recreation facilities and water access points due to COVID-19. Please follow guidance from local authorities, Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Contact Information

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Wildlife Diversity Permits
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744


Wildlife Diversity Permits: Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits

Permits are issued to individuals for rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife. Rehabilitators work closely with veterinarians toward the ultimate goal of releasing the animal back into the wild. Facilities are inspected prior to permit issuance. TPWD does not grant any money for wildlife rehabilitation. There is no fee for the permit but you are required to pay for food, medication, housing, and other costs associated with treating an animal. It is not legal to propagate, sell or hold protected wildlife for public display under a rehabilitation permit, unless authorized by special provision. Annual reporting requirements apply. A permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is also required if you wish to rehabilitate birds.

How to Contact Wildlife Rehabilitators in Texas

Orphaned and Injured Animals

Bird Permits: Migratory Birds

If you plan to apply for a permit that includes the authority to handle migratory birds (rehabilitation, educational display of birds, or scientific collecting of migratory bird species), you will also be required to apply for a federal permit. Applications and further information can be found at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Permits.

These forms are provided for your convenience only. If they are inaccessible to you for any reason, you may request that a copy be sent to you through the mail. Should you have questions regarding these permits, the regulations or application process, you may e-mail