Wild Instincts receives Green Gift from Cellcom


Rhinelander, WI (October 20, 2016) –Wild Instincts has been selected as a 2016 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The nonprofit received a $4400 Green Gift from Cellcom to support expansion of its facility.

Founded by wildlife rehabilitators with decades of experience, Wild Instincts was established in 2011 to fulfill a direct need for wildlife rehabilitation services. As the only facility in Wisconsin licensed to treat all wildlife allowed to be rehabbed by law, Wild Instincts needs additional enclosures to meet increasing demands.

“Wild Instincts gets admissions and transfers from across the state, admitting patients from 37 different counties across Wisconsin in 2015. In the last five years, we’ve seen our admissions grow steadily and need to build additional enclosures,” said Mark Naniot, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation. “With the Green Gift from Cellcom, we plan to construct an additional rehabilitation enclosure specifically for mammals like the bobcat, fisher, coyote, fox, black bear cub or wolf.”

Wild Instincts was among 22 green organizations that received a share of the $37,800 in Green Gifts from Cellcom this year. The Green Gifts program launched in 2010 and uses funds generated from Cellcom’s cell phone recycling program to fund green nonprofit initiatives. Customers and community members can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom’s Green Gift program completes the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

The 2016 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton), Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha), Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton), Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, NEW Zoo & Adventure Park (Suamico), Greater Green Bay YMCA, River District Development Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines Farm to School Program (Eagle River), Trees for Tomorrow (Eagle River), Wild Instincts (Rhinelander), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Woodland Dunes Nature Center (Two Rivers), Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay), Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring), Navarino Nature Center, Stockbridge Munsee Community (Bowler), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), The Etude Group (Sheboygan), Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point).

Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow. The company’s recycling program has generated $266,975 for local charities over the past 13 years.


Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with 60 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.

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