Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, Inc.
The mission of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is the
care and release of orphanedand injured native wildlifeback to their
natural habitat. We also provide educational programs
about the habits and habitats of our local wildlife.
Woodlands is a NJ state licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility
and is a non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable corporation. Woodlands
receives no state or federal funding.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, located in Alexandria
Township, began in 1986 with the care of two orphaned raccoons.
Woodlands was founded, and is directed by Tracy Leaver, a New Jersey
state licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge cares for over 1,400 animals
annually. As our communities continue to grow, and loss of habitat
continues, the number of human/wildlife encounters increase. We
are dedicated to keeping up with the needs of our communities and
our wild neighbors. Woodlands cares for hundreds of animals a year,
and enjoys a high success rate of release. Some of the animals Woodlands
provides care for include raccoons, skunks, opossums, rabbits, woodchucks,
foxes, squirrels, coyotes, bats, otters, porcupines, bears, venomous
snakes, and even the occasional bobcat.
Woodlands has a staff of highly trained volunteers who care for
the animals until their release. The doctors and staff at the Animal
Hospital of Clinton-Perryville and Voorhees Corner Veterinary Clinic
generously treat animals needing more extensive care such as X-rays,
fracture repair or surgery. All animals are maintained until they
are healthy enough to survive in the wild.
There are few endeavors less glamourous than being
a wildlife rehabilitator, as many volunteers find out. The hours
are many, the patients can be surly, and cage cleaning is messy.
When an animal first arrives, it is thoroughly examined for injuries
and disease. Once the condition of the animal is determined, decisions
about housing, feeding, and medication are made. Volunteers then
feed, medicate, clean, and monitor the animal according to its daily
chart. Everything about the animal is logged on its chart to build
a detailed history. The condition of the animal is constantly re-evaluated,
and adjustments in care are made. Every effort is made to minimize
human imprinting, and all care is geared towards preparing the animal
for eventual release and survival in the wild where they
Woodlands is proud of the thousands of animals it
has been able to assist and release back to the wilderness, including
all the ones shown in this brochure. This is our greatest reward.
It is not possible without dedicated volunteers and generous donors.
An important goal
Because we are dedicated to the release of healthy
and well-functioning animals into the wild, Woodlands must minimize
the interaction of the animals with humans as much as possible;
therefore we are not open to the general public. We appreciate your
understanding and assistance with this effort.
Melissa Anahory, Program and Operations Assistant
Heather Freeman, Wildlife Care and Volunteer Supervisor
Amy Shivers, Wildlife Care Assistant
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