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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Nubs

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 12 yrs
  • Length: 3 ft
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Most of North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Prefers open grassland, prairie, open forest
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: Small rodents, insects and larvae, reptiles, fruits and berries
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: variety of meats, kibble, fruit
    • Gender: Male

Nubs and his two siblings were orphaned when their mother was hit by a car near Bend, OR and were brought to WLI to be raised. They were only three weeks old and about the size of a potato, weighing only a pound. His siblings (christened Bonnie and Clyde) were sent to the High Desert Museum to join their education program, while Nubs stayed here at Wildlife Images. Because of the age and size of the kits, we knew that there would be too much hands-on care required to avoid habituation, so ODFW and WLI made the decision to socialize him to join our education ambassador team. His captive upbringing has made him much friendlier than your average badger, though he does have his grouchy days, during which we know to steer clear. He spends his days digging, snoozing and when the mood strikes him, doing his happy badger dance when he scurries and bounces up and down.

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.