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Chance to learn about area wildlife on Saturday
Bella the red fox is one of the animal ambassadors at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center and will be on hand for the Day with Wildlife event on Saturday. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center will celebrate their 31st anniversary on Saturday with their annual Day with Wildlife event.

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is hosting a Day with Wildlife celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center’s facility at 1220 Geer Road, Hughson 95326, inside Fox Grove Fishing Access.

A menagerie of critters that make the wild lands around Stanislaus County their home, from ground squirrels and foxes to owls to raccoons will be the in the spotlight for the annual event. In addition, there will be games, barbecue tri-tip sandwiches, slushies, ice cream sundaes, face painting, T-shirts for sale, raffles, a bake sale, kids’ crafts, and wild barn owl pellets to dissect. There is no admission charge.

The Center that has been taking in wounded, lost, or orphaned wild animals for 31 years. The Center’s primary mission is to care for the animals until they are healthy enough to return to the wild, though a few find long-term shelter at the Center. The Center cannot release any animal unless it is able to fend for itself in its natural environment.

The public will have opportunities to meet some of the Center’s animal ambassadors at the event, like Bella the red fox. Many of these animals travel to schools to help students learn about California native wildlife.

Founded by six members, the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center now is supported by a membership of more than 1,000 active members and last year the Center took in 2,061 animals representing 113 different species.  The overall success rate for 2014 was 57 percent, according to the Center’s annual report.