The Wild Center is home to more than 900 live Adirondack animals – including otters, porcupines, owls, snakes and fresh-water fish.  See them in our exhibit halls or up-close during an Animal Encounter with one of our Naturalists.


Otters are naturally curious and wildly energetic. You can see them swim, eat and play at our Otter Falls exhibit. Special behind-the-scenes tours let you see their backstage play area up close – with trees, hammocks and otter enrichment programs. Currently Squirt, Scarlett and Louie make their home at The Wild Center.

On June 22, Squirt, Scarlett and Louie are getting new roommates. Two new male river otters, rescued from Ohio, will join The Wild Center family.


Stickley arrived in our care as an abandoned infant. You can see this dexterous animal during a scheduled Animal Encounter.

Animal Encounters

Our Daily Animal Encounters in the Big Wolf Great Hall bring you up close and personal with snakes, turtles, blue jays, owls and porcupines. Check the daily schedule to see who is being featured. See the otters dive and swirl during the daily Otter Encounters at Otter Falls. Ask our Naturalist about their activities and behaviors.