Volunteers for Wildlife, the nonprofit that operates the nation’s largest wildlife sanctuary, announced today that it will be closing its doors by July 31, 2019.
The organization said in a statement that it was considering a variety of factors including changing staffing, the decline in the number of volunteers and other factors.
Volunteers for Wildlife had nearly 1.3 million volunteers in 2017, but the organization announced today it would be cutting its staff by half and hiring about 100 fewer people to maintain its current levels of service.
The announcement comes as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to slash the amount of federal funding for the nations wildlife sanctuaries.
The announcement comes just a few days after former President Barack Obama was forced to announce that he was stepping down from the White House, citing health concerns stemming from the flu.