The Land & Our Team

Our Philosophy

Most wildlife encounters human habitation every day; their own habitats are decreasing, and they have nowhere to go. Our mission is to educate others to live symbiotically with their local wildlife. CWCC’s constant dedication to wildlife inspires others to help preserve our planet’s animals and to have a voice to save our wildlife and wild places.

The Nature Preserve

CWCC is located on 105 acres of ecologically diverse land. The land is called “Wildplaces” after the quote “May there always be wild places” by wildlife photographer and conservationist, Thomas Mangelsen.  The National Wildlife Federation has awarded the land the status of “a certified wildlife habitat” This means that the land provides abundant food, water, cover and places to raise young. Charlotte is growing exponentially as an urban city and the wildlife is feeling the impact. With increase negative wildlife encounters with human habitation, we are blessed to have 105 acres to be a safe sanctuary forever for our wildlife.

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“One of three ponds. The ponds will be used for turtle release, wildlife habitat and beaver/otter swim lessons.”

Our Team

Our Founder 

Morgan Rafael is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and the Executive Director at CWCC. Morgan uses her skills from her background in veterinary technology and zoo medicine to give the most innovative care to her patients. She has traveled around the world doing wildlife rehabilitation including Africa where she worked with orphaned rhinos.  


Morgan has a fiery passion for educating others on how to live symbiotically with the wildlife in our backyards. She was inspired to save the 100 acres of property from development when she saw all the wildlife that was living there.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Director & Wildlife Biologist


Ruby Davis has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for 10 years. Before coming to CWCC, she worked with Wildlands Engineering as a wildlife biologist and lead environmental scientist for hydrology, botany and fauna monitoring of wetland-stream restoration projects.


She conducted threatened and endangered species surveys and has helped North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission with bat surveys. She specializes in her skill in turtle shell repair and ability to rehabilitate trauma patients. 

Wildlife Rehabilitator Apprentice

Rachel Cerjan is a biologist that has experience with a variety of different animals and plant life from analyzing phytoplankton to conservation studies in Africa. Rachel has learned a lot about wildlife throughout her education and work and is now applying that knowledge to wildlife rehabilitation. 

She obtained her Master’s in biology researching bees and has a passion for all animals big and small. She is currently working with Morgan and Ruby as a mentee to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.