WHY WILD ANIMALS AREN'T PETS
Many people visit our facility, watch our presentations or patriciate in our school programs and wonder if they too can have a skunk or a porcupine for a pet!
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to keep native wildlife in captivity. It is against the law to have a wild animal as a pet. The animals that have come into our facility can not go back into the wild. Some have been kept illegally as pets, some come from unusual circumstances, others born in captivity. We always share these stories with our guests so you can understand why these animals can not go back into the wild. With that being said, just because they can not go back into the wild doesn’t mean they live here at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue as pets.
All of our animal ambassadors live in species specific enclosures within our “enchanted” forest. These enclosures provide our ambassadors with the opportunity to act as a natural as possible. They are made out of the living trees within the forest. If you are a bird you can fly, predators can hunt, prey species dig burrows. It is important that these animals still maintain a wild lifestyle. They get the added bonus of a healthy meal provided each day along with protection from predators and human love.
Remember we want to see native animals in the wild!
Every species no matter how big or small they are play a very important role in our environment.