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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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.