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Guided tours offered daily!

Reservations Highly Recommended

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Nestle

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: River Otter (Lutra canadensi)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 16-18yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 8-9yrs
  • Length: 3-3.5ft
  • Weight: 11-30lbs
  • Range in the Wild: wide distribution across US and Canada, sparse in Great Plains
  • Habitat in the Wild: aquatic
    • Diet in the Wild: fish, birds, frogs, insects, shellfish
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: fish, chicken, other meats
    • Gender: Female

Nestle is a movie star, retired from the silver screen, she arrived at WLI when she was four years old. Her last movie was Evan Almighty, in which she was filmed doing several behaviors later duplicated on screen to make several shots of otters in the film.

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.