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Wildlife center to hold open house
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A menagerie of critters that make the wild lands around Stanislaus County their home, from Fizzle the California Ground Squirrel to Bella the Eastern Red Fox, will be highlighted during the annual Day with Wildlife at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, will feature a selection of birds, mammals and a few reptiles that have been cared for at the center over the months and sometimes years.

The celebration will include animal presentations, children’s games and activities, a raffle, a bake sale, and a tri tip barbecue.

The annual event is the primary fund raiser for the center that has been taking in wounded, lost, or orphaned wild animals for 28 years.

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 took in more than 2,000 animals.

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 Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is located at 1220 Geer Road in Hughson, next to the Fox Grove Fishing Access.