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Effort to care for areas wildlife marks 30 years
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Donna Burt holds a baby fox squirrel that the facility is caring for until it can be released in to its natural habitat. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is celebrating their 30th anniversary by giving residents the chance to get acquainted with the various animals that roam the rivers, skies, and lands in Stanislaus County.

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.

The festivities will include animal presentations, raffles, a silent auction, food, games, and a sneak preview of the center’s eagle cage, which is currently under construction. Earlier this year the Center briefly cared for a Golden Eagle that had been hit by a car in Los Banos. The eagle was later transferred to a wildlife center with an aviary capable of housing raptors.

The animals that will be in the spotlight will be a menagerie of birds, mammals and a few reptiles that have been cared for at the Center over the months and sometimes years.

The annual event is the primary fund raiser for the Center that has been taking in wounded, lost, or orphaned wild animals for 30 years. In 2012, the last year for which statistics were available, the Center admitted 1,852 animals representing 127 different species.

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.

A schedule of events and silent auction items is available at the Center’s website at

Parking at the Center is located 700 feet down a hill at the launching ramp. There is no parking along the road or at the gate.