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Guided tours offered daily!

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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Aurora

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20-30yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10yrs
  • Wingspan: 4-5ft
  • Weight: 4.5lbs
  • Range in the Wild: lower 48 United States, Central America, South America
  • Habitat in the Wild: open and semi-open farmland, forest, scrub, pasture
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists: carrion
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats
    • Gender: Female
    • Lives In: Birds of Prey Center

Aurora came to us from the Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center. She was brought to their clinic on October 19, 2011. She was very thin, had an injured eye, and multiple cuts and bruises. We believe she may have fallen out of her nest (usually placed high up in trees or on telephone poles). She was non-releasable as her injured eye didn’t heal and is no longer functional. Her visual impairment makes her slow and cautious, but she is an amazingly sweet bird and has already become a regular choice for outreach events. Sometimes she is so relaxed at these programs that she falls asleep on her perch!

Visit Us

11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.