The Wild Center is home to more than 900 live Adirondack animals – including otters, porcupines, owls, snakes and fresh-water fish. See them at the Animal Viewing Window, Outdoor Otter Play Yard, up-close during an Animal Encounter with one of our Naturalists, or even on one of our Live Cams.
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, Louie, Scarlett, Roh (s) no re (pronounced Low snow leh), and Ta wi ne (pronounced Da wee neh) make their home at The Wild Center. Check them out daily in the new Outdoor Otter Play Yard or on our 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.
Our currently unnamed 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. Watch Wild Center Curator, Leah Valerio, introduce our newest animal ambassador.
You can see these dexterous animals all day at the Animal Viewing Window or during a scheduled Creature Feature.
Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians
The Wild Center is home to several species of birds including American kestrels, a blue jay, Eastern screech owl, wood ducks, as well as turtles (wood turtles, painted turtles, snapping turtles), amphibians (wood frog, gray tree grog, American toad, Eastern newt, common mudpuppy), and snakes.
Check out these ambassadors during special Creature Features throughout the day at The Wild Center or on an episode of Lunchtime Live.