Close-up of otter with with wet face


Otters are naturally curious and wildly energetic. You can see them swim, eat and play at our Otter Falls exhibit. Currently Scarlett, Roh (s) no re (pronounced Low snow leh), and Ta wi ne (pronounced Da wee neh) make their home at The Wild Center.
Otter Falls Live Cam


Stickley was born in May of ’07. She was separated from her mother by a dog at the age of two weeks. The dog’s owner thought she might be injured and brought her to the Wild Center. She was bottle fed here for two months with the intent of releasing her back into the wild. However, after talking to many friends and guests we realized that porcupines are often misunderstood and sometimes even mistreated both in the Adirondacks and elsewhere. The Wild Center decided to keep Stickley as an ambassador for her species to better inform the general public of the importance and value of porcupines in the Adirondacks.
Porcupine eating corn on the cob while children observe
Bianca the albino porcupine arrived at The Wild Center in Fall 2020 after being live-trapped as a nuisance animal – porcupines can damage livelihoods when they discover the all-you-can-eat buffet of an apple orchard. The farmer noticed that she was injured and she was brought to The Wild Center for treatment.

When we gave her a closer look, we realized the injury was serious enough that it required amputation of one of her hind legs. This, combined with her rare coloration made the porcupine unlikely to survive in the wild, so she joined The Wild Center team as one of our ambassador animals.

Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians

The Wild Center is home to a number of animal ambassadors such as common ravens, Eastern screech owls, American kestrels, snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, and a number of species of fish.
Four turtles on a rock next to water