The mission of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is the care and release
of orphanedand injured native wildlifeback to their natural habitat.
We also provide educational programs
about the habits and habitats of our local wildlife.
Woodlands is a NJ state licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility
and is a non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable corporation. Woodlands
receives no state or federal funding.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, located in Alexandria Township, began
in the mid 1980s with the care of two orphaned raccoons. Woodlands
was founded, and is directed by Tracy Leaver, a New Jersey state
licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
As our communities continue to grow, and loss of habitat continues,
the number of human/wildlife encounters increase. We are dedicated
to keeping up with the needs of our communities and our wild neighbors.
Woodlands cares for hundreds of animals a year, and enjoys a high
success rate of release. Some of the animals Woodlands provides
care for include raccoons, skunks, opossums, rabbits, woodchucks,
foxes, squirrels, coyotes, fawns, bats, otters, porcupines, bears,
and even the occasional bobcat.
Woodlands has a staff of highly trained volunteers who care for
the animals until their release. The doctors and staff at the Animal
Hospital of Clinton-Perryville generously treat animals needing
more extensive care such as X-rays, fracture repair or surgery.
All animals are maintained until they are healthy enough to survive
in the wild.
There are few endeavors less glamourous than being a wildlife rehabilitator,
as many volunteers find out. The hours are many, the patients can
be surly, and cage cleaning is messy.
When an animal first arrives, it is thoroughly examined for injuries
and disease. Once the condition of the animal is determined, decisions
about housing, feeding, and medication are made. Volunteers then
feed, medicate, clean, and monitor the animal according to its daily
chart. Everything about the animal is logged on its chart to build
a detailed history. The condition of the animal is constantly re-evaluated,
and adjustments in care are made. Every effort is made to minimize
human imprinting, and all care is geared towards preparing the animal
for eventual release and survival in the wild where they
Woodlands is proud of the thousands of animals it has been able
to assist and release back to the wilderness, including all the
ones shown in this brochure. This is our greatest reward. It is
not possible without dedicated volunteers and generous donors.
An important goal
Because we are dedicated to the release of healthy and well-functioning
animals into the wild, Woodlands must minimize the interaction of
the animals with humans as much as possible; therefore we are not
open to the general public. We appreciate your understanding and
assistance with this effort.
Tracy Leaver, Executive Director
Melissa Anahory, Program and Operations Assistant
Heather Freeman, Wildlife Care and Volunteer Supervisor
Amy Shivers, Wildlife Care Assistant
of Directors Cynthia Salus, President
Lead Financial Analyst - AT&T
Karen L. Bowker, Treasurer Insurance Group Technology, Corporate Vice
President - New York Life
Lora Muckin, Secretary
Animal Shelter Director at Sammy's Hope