Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge held its third annual Wildlife Baby Shower at Medford United Methodist Church on Sunday.
Items such as paper towels, resealable plastic bags, trash bags, as well as dish soap and other cleaning supplies were among the donations received as the shelter prepares for the upcoming arrival of thousands. of injured and orphaned wild animals at his wildlife rehabilitation hospital. Cash donations were also accepted.
“We welcome everything from baby field mice to white-tailed deer, fawns, coyotes and foxes,” said Heather Evans, assistant director of wildlife rehabilitation and volunteer coordinator at Woodford Cedar Run. “You name it, we pretty much take it – if you can find it in New Jersey.”
“Over the next six months, we will be welcoming around 4,000 animals,” she said. “The bulk of these will be squirrels, rabbits, opossums and songbirds, and 90-95% of the numbers will be babies.”
Wildlife Ambassadors Phoebe Muffay, a striped skunk, Nod, a 35-year-old Eastern Box Turtle, and Nazar, a Screech-Owl, were on hand to greet visitors.
Phoebe was born in May 2018 on a skunk farm. Her scent glands were removed and she lived in a house before being handed over to the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Nod was taken from the wild and kept in captivity. Due to poor nutrition during the first part of her life, she now has a severe vitamin deficiency which is regulated by injections and diet. Nazar is almost completely blind and will also live the rest of his life in the shelter’s care.
There were several tables set up for children’s activities — like coloring, games, animal-themed temporary tattoos, and “rehabilitation” of injured stuffed animals — as well as a play station. educational set up with the talons and wings of several different birds for visitors of all ages to view.
Gift baskets were also auctioned off to help raise funds for the shelter. If you couldn’t make it to the baby shower but still want to help out, there’s many ways to donateincluding “Adopt a savage” and one “Guardians of nature” annual sponsorship, or purchase of items on the Amazon Wishlist. Items can also be brought directly to the wildlife hospital. The wildlife hospital admits more than 6,000 animals each year and receives no local, state or federal funding.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge has a Wildlife dwelling area take care of animals that cannot be released into the wild due to injury or other reasons. This space is open to the public.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refugelocated at 4 Sawmill Road in Medford, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fees are $10 for ages 13 and up and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free.
For more photos, click on the Wildlife Baby Shower Photo Gallery below.
Freelance photographer Joe Warner contributed to this report.
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