We would like to acknowledge the land that we are on are traditional lands of the Anishinabek and Huron-Wendet Peoples. They were the original caretakers of this land and we would like to acknowledge the unceded lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island. We respect the long-standing traditional ways and relationship the Indigenous people have had with the land. We are grateful for the First Peoples of this land to allow us to care and rehabilitate the animals in the territory of their home.
We would also like to take a moment to remember the children that were taken from their homes to residential school and day schools who have been lost and are now finding their way back home.
Our Nature Centre is open to the public by pre-booked appointments only.
Soper Creek Wildlife’s Nature Centre is a fully outdoor experience which includes hiking trails through the forest, the rainbow bridge, the enchanted forest (animal ambassador homes) and a large picnic shelter for activities, workshops and meal breaks.
As our centre is completely outdoors, washrooms at this location are portable lavatories maintained by a third party weekly.
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION FACILITY
The wildlife rehabilitation centre is not open to the public as our goal is to successfully release the animals back into the forest. We need all species to have a healthy fear of humans, therefore we do not allow public access to these areas. Our volunteers also have limited access depending on the training levels they have completed.
Our wildlife rehabilitation center has a fully equipped quarantine facility, nursery, and outdoor enclosures designed to stimulate the animal’s natural surroundings.
The animals that come into our facility find themselves recovering in what looks and feels like home to them. Their enclosures are built directly within the forest and made from the surrounding living trees. We are able to recycle fallen trees, those that are deemed unsafe and those that pull resources away from the healthy forest population, and use them to create the most natural environment for the animals both permanently and temporarily.
The predators that come to us have the ability to practice their hunting skills before being released back into the wild. Small birds, rodents and reptiles are able to pass through their living quarters. While prey species can find security in the many hides located throughout the habitat. Each enclosure is designed specifically for the individual species’ needs.
Each animal’s mental and physical health directly affects their ability to heal and ultimately be released back into the wild.