Beavers at the Refuge, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Moss on Boundary Trail, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Moonlit main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Elegant spreadwing damselfly, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Racoon on trail camera near Wild Goose Blind, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Northern water snake in main pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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House wren near Headquarters, photo by Leor Veleanu
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Luna moth male on porch at Headquarters, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Bleeding heart flowering near Headquarters, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Northern cricket frog in Miller Pond, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo
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Fungi on fallen tree on Boundary Trail, Unexpected Wildlife Refuge photo

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.
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Privacy Policy

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge respects the privacy of our supporters. There are two ways we might use information we gather about you. The primary way is through direct communication with you: 1) providing you information about the Refuge through newsletters, 2) sending you alerts about issues that might benefit from your input, and 3) appealing to you directly (via E-mail or paper mail) for donations. We never use telemarketing as a means of contacting you.

Another way we might utilize this information, although we have not done this to date, is to trade it (name and address only) with other similar groups in order to increase the effectiveness of our fundraising efforts. We have a strict policy, however, to never release someone's contact information if the person has requested that we not do so. Such people have their records marked 'private' and no release of information is allowed.

If you are on our mailing list and would like to not have your contact information shared with other groups, simply E-mail us and give us enough information to identify you in our records, and we will honor this request. It is likely that your record is already marked 'private' as this is the default. The best E-mail address to use is

If you are using our online store or donation or order forms, you can indicate your wish for privacy in the comment section or write this request near your name if you are printing the form. Furthermore, if you would rather not be on our mailing list, just notify us when you make the donation or place the order. We would prefer, however, to keep your information on file in case we ever need to contact you.