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Guided tours offered daily!

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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Scratch

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 10-15yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 2-5yrs
  • Length: 1.5-3ft
  • Weight: 7oz-14lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Southern Canada, most of United States, Northern Mexico
  • Habitat in the Wild: generalist, anywhere with logs, rocks or places to burrow, generally under 5000ft elevation
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: small mammals, nesting birds, amphibians, insects, fish, mollusks, crayfish, berries, buds, fruit, corn, nuts, leaves, grain, grass, eggs, mushrooms, carrion
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: donated meats, poultry, red meat, vegetables, fruit, kibble, insects
    • Gender: Male

Scratch and Sniff were 8 weeks old when they arrived at our facility from a private breeder in Iowa. We were on the lookout for striped skunks to join our team of education ambassadors when we stumbled across these two in need of a home. Wild animals do not make good pets and while skunks are cute, cuddly, and prone to hilarious antics, spending time with our residents will show you that they are very high maintenance pets, and we don’t recommend it.

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.