Where do the park's animals come from?
Most of the animals at the park come to us from other zoological
facilities in North America where they are born in captivity. They
feel at ease around people and related activities so they are usually
visible to the visiting public.
A few have been received from members of the public who kept wildlife
as "pets". Once they reach maturity these animals are
usually no longer wanted. They cannot be released to the wild, so
they are sent to our park for rehabilitation and care.
Will the animals ever go back to the
It is the Park's policy to provide the best possible care
to orphaned and sick animals in need, with the ultimate goal being
release back to the wild.
We do not take animals from the wild
for the sole purpose of public display.
Some of the animals come to us from the wild as very small orphans
with severe injuries. Even though they receive medical attention
and the best possible care, some injuries could not be repaired
so the animals have to remain at the Park, or be put down.
Some of the very young orphans require such intensive care that
they become imprinted on humans. To release these animals to the
wild would not be in their best interest as they will often fall
victim to human activities.
Can I adopt an animal?
Even though some young wild animals may appear cute and cuddly,
their attitude towards humans will usually change when they mature.
They may also transmit disease, so we do not recommend wildlife
as "pets". It is the animal who will ultimately suffer.
The Department of Natural Resources only issues Captive Wildlife
Permits under special circumstances.
26 Species of Mammals and
65 Species of Birds
live in our park.
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