Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Juvenile bald eagle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beaver swimming, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
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Canada geese, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Carolina chickadee, photo by Al Francesconi
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Cinnamon fern, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Cottontail rabbit, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern amberwing dragonfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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False turkey-tail fungus, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Grackles, red-winged blackbirds and starlings, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Gray squirrel, 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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Working with Others to Help Wildlife

The Refuge works closely with other groups in order to increase its effectiveness in protecting habitat and wildlife. Although most of our collaboration is with local and regional groups, we recognize that these issues are of worldwide importance and lend our help to campaigns that involve other countries or continents.


Animal Protection League of New Jersey

Animal Protection League of New Jersey logo

They work toward the elimination of institutionalized and legalized exploitation and abuse of non-human animals. They aim to create a culture of respect for the animals with whom we share this planet. We agree with their philosophy, join in their letter-writing and legislative campaigns.



Asia for Animals Coalition

Asia for Animals Coalition logo

We are part of this Coalition which deals with animal welfare issues involving all species, not just wildlife. Coalition members regularly give their support to appeal letters asking various entities to discontinue inhumane practices, such as keeping wildlife in captivity in zoos. They are also a resource of advice or other information for coalition members involved in their own campaigns.



Endangered Species Coalition

Endangered Species Coalition logo

The Endangered Species Coalition's mission is to stop the human-caused extinction of our nation's at-risk species, to protect and restore their habitats, and to guide these fragile populations along the road to recovery.



Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition logo

...a growing global alliance of more than 1,000 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 60 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment.



Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge logo

Their mission is the preservation of New Jersey's wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation. Because we are not involved in rehabilitation, we direct people to Cedar Run when appropriate and link two of their relevant documents here: