Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies on butterfly weed, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Red raspberry slime, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Dragonfly on great mullein, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Trumpet vine with ants, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Female wood duck eating duckweed in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern cottontail rabbits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Musk thistle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Spiky bog moss, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern painted turtle, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Eastern worm snake, 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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Displaced or Injured Wildlife

What should you do when you find an wild animal who you believe is displaced or injured? This is a complex subject that has no easy answers. It requires careful assessment to be sure that the situation is as you think it is. For example, in the spring, many young animals may be found and erroneously thought to be 'orphaned'. In most cases, it is likely that the parents are off searching for food or, particularly in the case of birds, the young have left the nest normally in order to set out on their own. In the latter case, they may not yet have the ability to fly well. In all these cases, the best course of action is to reduce risks to the individual by not letting domestic animals (such as cats and dogs) access to the area or by moving the individual a short distance to safety if on a road or other human-created dangerous situation.

If you are unsure as to what to do, first seek expert assistance from the list below: