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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife



Procyon lotor

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20+yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 2-6yrs
  • Length: 3ft
  • Weight: 8-20lbs
  • Range: North America
  • Habitat: 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

Native throughout the Americas, raccoons are one of the most flexible species we know—dexterous, intelligent, adaptable to a wide variety of environments, and highly omnivorous. Typically nocturnal, raccoons can be found from forests to residential neighborhoods. They are often considered a pest by humans, as they raid henhouses and fight with loose-roaming pets. Like any wild animal, they can also carry diseases, so distance is best. A great point to make when speaking about raccoons to your group is to keep dog and cat food from porches and yards. This promotes a responsible way to coexist with wildlife. Don’t ever feed one, or you’ll soon be providing for their whole family! They are also quite talented at finding their way into our trash cans and dumpsters.

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

Our hours have recently changed.

  • Office/Gift Shop Hours: 9AM - 4PM
  • Guided Tours:  Call for availability  -  541-476-0222
  • Self-Guided: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 10:00 - 2:00                                                                  
  • 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 115 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.