Adirondack Wildlife Refuge – Wilmington, NY

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

The Adirondack Wildlife Rehab and Refuge Center is an organization dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating local wildlife, as well as educating the public about nature and animal safety.  If you are at all interested in the local wildlife of the Adirondacks, this is the place to visit!

There are many animals in residence at the center including wolves, eastern coyotes, foxes, bald eagles, several different breeds of owl, hawks, falcons, ospreys, and many other kinds of birds of prey and large mammals.   Many of the animals are permanent residents, because they are no longer able to care for themselves in the wild, and are used in educational demonstration.  Many others are living at the center for rehabilitation and will someday be released back into the wild.

Though the Wildlife Refuge is not a petting zoo, it is a great place to get up close and personal with lots of different kinds of animals.  Depending on the animals that are in residence, you might see black bears, bobcats, or other animals local to the Adirondacks.  The center is dedicated to educating you about those animals and how you should react should you encounter them in the wild.

Perhaps the highlight of the center’s activities, the two resident wolves are taken for a lengthy walk each day.  Visitors are invited to join them and their handlers for a “wolf walk” through the woods.  You may want to call ahead to make sure there’s room for your group if it’s the busy season. This hour and a half walk will take you through the woods where you will be regaled with funny stories, informative tidbits, and lots of great information about wolves and other wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might even get to hear the wolves howl!


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