Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci, co-founder, and beaver kits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Male bufflehead in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Flying squirrels, photo by Al Francesconi
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Gray catbird eating dogwood berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Indian pipe, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Miller pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Otter, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge trail camera photo
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Red-spotted purple butterfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Rusty blackbird eating berries, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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White-tailed deer in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is a protected natural habitat comprising 767 acres of pristine pine lands, forest, fields and bogs. 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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If you find sick or injured wildlife...

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is not involved in wildlife rehabilitation. Instead, please go to this link to find a licensed rehabilitator to help you:

How to Contact Unexpected Wildlife Refuge

Beaver eating a lily, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
Beaver eating lily
Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, Inc.
P.O. Box 765
Newfield, New Jersey 08344-0765

Telephone: 856.697.3541

Join our mailing list

Please fill out our online form and we shall place you on our mailing list (see our privacy policy; briefly: we will never share your information unless you explicitly tell us to)). If you have special services you are willing to provide to the Refuge, list these on this form and we may contact you when the need arises for those services.

Donations through the public, however, are what we depend on to keep the Refuge operating and protecting all the wildlife – animals and plants – residing there. We hope you will send a donation to help keep the Refuge running. You can donate via PayPal using the Donate link on the left or through our Help Us page, or you can send your name, postal address, E-mail address (important to provide, if you have one) and phone number (please indicate whether home, cell or work) along with your donation to our address above.