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.
The cabin began as the home of Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, the Refuge co-founders. They purchased it and the surrounding land in order to live amongst and protect wildlife with their children. Recognizing that they needed to ensure continued protection of the animals and plants living at the Refuge after they were gone, Hope and Cavit gave the cabin and their homestead land to the Refuge. As funds became available, additional land was added to the protected habitat. After their deaths, the cabin became not only the Refuge headquarters, but also the living space for the Refuge manager.