The Wildlife Science Center is a nationally recognized education and research facility. It is an independent nonprofit organization that is currently located on the grounds of the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area in Forest Lake, MN, an expansive natural habitat just 40 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Its mission is to serve as an educational resource for all ages by providing exposure to wild animals and the body of knowledge generated for their conservation.
I'm on the Board of the Wildlife Science Center, a nationally recognized education and research facility. WSC is currently home to 35 gray wolves and 10 red wolves, 5 hybrids, 4 birds of prey, 2 bears, 2 gray fox, 3 raccoons, 2 bobcats and 2 New Guinea Highland Dogs. Several of these are new arrivals: the screech owl came to live here in April 2000 from the Raptor Center; a new male New Guinea Highland Dog came to us from the NGHD rescue organization in May; the raccoon was an orphaned youngster dropped off in early June. Most of the animals are on exhibit so please come out for a tour to see them. The Center's mission is: to serve as an educational resource for all ages by providing exposure to wild animals and the body of knowledge generated for their conservation, to advance understanding of wild animal biology through long-term, humane scientific studies on captive populations thus contributing to species conservation and maintenance in the wild and in captivity, and to provide unique scientific and technical training for wildlife agencies, educational institutions and conservation agencies. -- Sally L. Benjamin