Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Ladybug on Headquarters stairs, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Lichen and fungi on log, photo by Dave Sauder
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Bald eagle calling in tree next to main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Barred owl in 1990, photo by Bernie Hehl
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Bearded iris near Miller House, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beavers on Refuge in 1984, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Belted kingfisher in tree on main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Bird tracks in snow, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Black vulture on cabin barn, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Wood ducks near Wild Goose Blind, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is a protected natural habitat comprising 767 acres of pristine pine lands, forest, fields, bogs, streams and lakes. It provides a refuge to animals and plants indigenous to southern New Jersey; a place where wildlife can live freely and naturally without fear of being harmed at the hands of human beings. We began as the home of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, who dedicated their land to habitat preservation so that native wildlife and habitat could thrive. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity, federal ID 23-7025010.
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Our Mission

Dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

1. To obtain and protect habitat in the New Jersey Pinelands area so that indigenous animals and plants can have an unexploited opportunity to live;
2. To protect free-living (wild) animals from hunting, trapping, fishing and other consumptive activities by people;
3. To provide a "living classroom" for the public to study nature and appreciate the importance of wildlife and habitat protection; and
4. To work with individuals and communities to peacefully resolve conflicts with wildlife.

Our new Headquarters

We are delighted to report that our new Headquarters is now completed (photo shows Trustee Dave Sauder on porch). Jen Collins, our manager, has now relocated our office and residential quarters to the new building. She has an enviable stunning view of the main pond.

We still need, however, to raise a further $28,230 in order to finish paying for the project. If you have not yet donated -- or would like to provide additional funds -- we hope you will help us in this time of need:

  • Send a check to our address: PO Box 765 Newfield, NJ 08344
  • Use your credit card and our PayPal account
  • Use your credit card through JustGiving
  • Arrange a fundraising event in support of the Refuge

Take Action to Help Wildlife

  1. Call for Patrol Volunteers
  2. Three hundred and twenty-eight bears killed; please take action to end this brutal slaughter
  3. Washington has banned killing contests, help ban them in New Jersey
  4. Support the coalition set up to stop the bear hunt in New Jersey

Sick or injured wildlife?

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is not involved in wildlife rehabilitation. Click here for our information page on this subject on what to do and, especially, what not to do.

Visiting the Refuge

We encourage people to visit our wonderful haven for wildlife. To schedule a visit...