The Wild Center is pretty wild – the “natural history museum of the Adirondacks” includes live animal exhibits, an elevated trail across the treetops, and a 54,000-square-foot museum, all intended to bring together people and the natural world. Recently, The Wild Center has released exciting news regarding their otters and land that has been gifted to them.
One of the Best Otter Exhibits in the World
Love otters? They’re one of the most popular exhibits at The Wild Center, and they’ve now been officially recognized: ZooNation, an organization dedicated to supporting wildlife conservation efforts, named The Wild Center as having one of the 10 Best Otter Exhibits in the world.
“This is a great surprise and honor,” Leah Valerio, Curator at The Wild Center, said in a statement. “I saw the post on Facebook, was curious and clicked to read it. I was amazed to see The Wild Center included in this list with exhibits around the world.”
ZooNation said of the exhibit that it has realistic scenery, tall acrylic windows for guests to view the otters both above and under the water, and benches along the glass for comfortable viewing. Their ranking system was based on viewing accessibility, animal group size, and overall enrichment.
Three North American otters – Squirt, Louie, and Scarlett – currently call The Wild Center their home. Otters are known for their impressive swimming skills and intelligence, which you’ll get to see for yourself if you take a trip to The Wild Center.
34 Acres of Land Gifted from The Adirondack Club
The Adirondack Club has generously gifted 34 acres of land to The Wild Center, increasing the overall size of the property from 81 acres to 115 acres. This land includes the oxbow where canoe and stand up paddleboard trips happen in the summer – the public will still have access to the oxbow waters.
“We are so pleased with the gift and thank The Adirondack Club,” Stephanie Rattcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center, said in a statement. “Many years ago when I was learning about the idea for the museum I could not believe the incredible luck to have it located on a textbook example of a river oxbow.”
An oxbow is a u-shaped bend in the course of a river, and The Wild Center has two overlooks on the Raquette River that look out right onto the oxbow. The Wild Center offers guided stand up paddle board trips every day throughout July and August.
- ZooNation: The 10 Best Otter Exhibits in the World