Nurse runs center to rescue, rehab small wildlife in Abilene area

HAWLEY – Nurse Jennifer Kleinpeter’s patients have gone from having two feet to four.

They also often have tails.

Kleinpeter is the founder and director of the Big Country Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is permitted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife in the area.

“Our mission is to provide excellent care for all wildlife so they can be returned back into the wild where they belong,” Kleinpeter said. “It’s our wildlife that maintains a healthy ecosystem for all living things.”

Those living things include people, she said, so educating the public is a central activity. too.

“Fifty percent of my job is to rehabilitate animals. The other 50 percent is education − community outreach and community education,” Kleinpeter said.