Along with the already-fascinating facts and unique aspects of each species, each of the sanctuary animals has an individual story of hardship and recovery. Is there something you would like to know about one of our wild teachers? Contact us today!
Owls will sometimes follow a hunting pair of lynx. When one lynx flushes the prey, the owl will swoop in before the other lynx can react.Lynx are shy, primarily nocturnal creatures. They live mostly in Alaska and Canada, having been largely eliminated in the lower 48 states by loss of habitat and possibly by losing the fight for resources to their more-aggressive cousin, the bobcat.
Pearl loves snuggling with stuffed animals, and is often spotted curled up in her den box with a large stuffed monkey.Opossums are North America's only marsupial. They have 50 teeth, which is more than any other mammal in North America. Female opossums can have thirteen babies up to three times a year. Each baby is the size of a grain of rice and all thirteen can fit inside a spoon. The act of “playing possum” as a defense is actually an involuntary reaction, much like fainting. Anywhere from 40 minutes to 4 hours later, they emerge from their unconscious state ready to resume the important job of keeping nature clean by scavenging on dead plant and meat sources, often found in our own garbage cans.
Savannah loves to hunt, and her enclosure gives her many opportunities to chase birds, mice and gophers.Her predatory focus keeps her moving around as she watches for anything that moves. She does catch things, but never eats her prey. She will become very vocal when she is seeking scratches and head butts with her trainers, and she knows she can get away with mischief with new staff members. She likes to bat at paper streamers in her enclosure, and to go on long walks.
Blind since birth, Loki—named after the trickster God of Norse mythology—has won over the hearts of everyone who meets him.Because of his blindness, Loki could not be released into the wild after he and his littermates were found in a garage. He adapts quickly and is always ready to explore a new space or toy with his amazing sense of touch. Loki seems happiest when he is in the lap of one of his handlers. We always have to be sure to emphasize that his behavior is not how racoons in the wild react to people or other animals.
A kinkajou looks a little like a monkey, but is really related to the raccoon.Yoda’s pregnant mother was stolen from the wild. He was bottle-fed as a baby, but, in the hopes he could be returned to the wild, never held. Because of this, Yoda was difficult to handle and required a great deal of TLC and patience to become the great wild teacher he is today.
Snowl Owls are diurnal—rare among owls.Observant and aware are perfect words to describe this beautiful white bird. In fact, this acute alertness makes the Snowy Owl very high stress, and Tundra is one of only about a half-dozen in the US used in educational programs. It took a tremendous amount of insight to make her a great wild teacher. The key? Understanding that she takes her cues from her handler. As long as her handler remains calm, loud noises and unexpected movements won’t upset her. Unlike most of the birds at Wildlife Associates, Tundra has a strong preference for one trainer over all others.
Pig is a slow-moving animal that makes unique baby-like noises to communicate.Born in captivity, Pig would normally live in the rainforests of South America. He has a prehensile tail, which he would use as a kind of safety rope as he foraged for the fruits, leaves, shoots and bark that make up most of his herbivorous diet.
George is an acrobat that likes to climb anything and everything.Another one of our rainforest dwellers, George is a nocturnal creature who spends his days sleeping on his cat tree and his nights ripping apart logs looking for ants and bugs.