I am not a fan of keeping wild animals in captivity – however, I think that wildlife sanctuaries do an invaluable service to us humans, and we are lucky to have them around.
After all, if not for them, how else would most people get to know and appreciate the creatures we share our backyards with?
In addition to their ability to educate and inspire empathy, these places provide a service to the animals that live there.
None of the animals at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge would have been able to survive on their own, and the ones that are are rehabbed a released into the wild.
From just spending the day there, it was really apparent how knowledgeable everyone there was about the animals they provide homes for, but also how passionate they are about teaching people about those animals.
I consider myself to know a thing or two about wildlife, particularly wolves, but even I learned a few things.
Not only did I learn there, one of my favorite things to do, but I never felt uncomfortable or concerned about the creatures I met.
All the furred, feathered and scaled creatures there seemed happy and well taken care of.
I had a wonderful time seeing all the beautiful creatures that call the Northeastern wilderness home, and I certainly plan to return there on my next visit to the Adirondacks!
You can learn more about the refuge and it’s inhabitants here.