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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Ruby

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20+yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 2-6yrs
  • Length: 3ft
  • Weight: 8-20lbs
  • Range in the Wild: North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: forest, well-adapted to urban environments
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: birds, vegetable matter, fish, amphibians, invertebrates, fruit, human garbage (tendency to prefer aquatic prey)
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: donated meats, hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, fruits, kibble
    • Gender: Female

Ruby came to us as a very small, malnourished kit and had to be hand-raised over the winter, which resulted in her becoming imprinted. True to her raccoon heritage, she is a curious and clever girl, frequently one of the first residents to pry her enrichment box open at feeding time. Sometimes we provide her treats stuffed into the pockets of an old pair of jean shorts. She has also learned to hang from the ceiling of her house and grab the wild plums which fall from the tree overhead.

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.