Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Beaver, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Wasp with grasshopper, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Winged spindle, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Female northern water snake, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Twisted moss, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Eastern cottontail rabbits, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Winter fireflies, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Main pond, photo by Dave Sauder
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Eastern phoebe, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Black vulture, 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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Please DONATE to secure the future of our Refuge

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge has launched an urgent appeal to help guarantee a safe future for the animals and plants living here

We are embarking on one of our largest and most important endeavors and we need your help. Our headquarters, crucial to the administration and protection of the Refuge, urgently needs to be replaced. As well as being our office, the new building will also be home to the Refuge manager, a person who is crucial in maintaining the Refuge, patrolling and protecting it from unwanted intruders and providing guidance to Refuge visitors. In addition, we shall convert a second building to expand our education and volunteer center for those who come to learn from and enjoy this special wildlife habit in southern New Jersey...See More



Support Unexpected Wildlife Refuge Through Monthly Animals or Habitat Subscription

Choose animal or habitat to support (click on one, then on the Subscribe button to access the PayPal options page)


Make a Donation to Unexpected Wildlife Refuge

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Make a Donation Towards a Specific Campaign

We are currently using CrowdRise as a means of developing and funding specific campaigns to help the Refuge. Currently, we have no active campaigns.


Donate An Unwanted Vehicle

Your used or unwanted vehicle can provide funds to us through the CARS vehicle donation program. CARS will accept any vehicle, running or non-running, and offer free towing throughout the United States. Once they have processed and sold the vehicle, they will donate a majority of the proceeds directly to the Refuge.

Call toll-free 855-500-RIDE (855.500.7433) or visit the Refuge CARS page to participate. Not only does this provide an easy way to be rid of an unwanted vehicle, you will also be helping wildlife at the same time.